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Weekly Columns

  • Mid-Session Update

    March 28, 2017

    We are over halfway through the 90-day legislative session.  Working with senators, we have already accomplished a few key priorities including important budget cuts.  Even with this progress, a lot of work remains ahead to pass a balanced budget, deliver tax relief for Nebraska families, and pass other important bills before session concludes in early June.

  • Celebrating Agriculture

    March 21, 2017

    The spotlight will be on Nebraska’s number one industry this week as Nebraskans across the state celebrate National Ag Week.   I’ll be joining Nebraskans from Scottsbluff to Omaha at 11 events over three days to highlight how our state’s number one industry continues to grow Nebraska.  While commodity prices in many markets are lagging, there are many reasons to be optimistic about agriculture’s future in Nebraska.

  • Competing for Growth

    March 14, 2017

    Over the last two years, Nebraska has hit some key growth benchmarks.  In 2015, for the first time, Nebraska had over one million non-farm jobs.  Our population hit an all-time high of 1.9 million people last year.  And just a few weeks ago, Nebraska won the Governor’s Cup for the most capital investment projects per capita in the nation.  Over 100 new investments helped Nebraska garner this coveted award.

  • Continuing Corrections Reform

    March 07, 2017

    A deadly incident at the state’s maximum security prison in Tecumseh last week has once again put a public focus on the important work of reforming the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS).  In my first two years as Governor, corrections reform has been a top priority to ensure we are protecting public safety.  Working with the Legislature and Courts, we have begun to address challenges with our prison population, successfully lobbied for additional investments, improved... read more

  • Celebrating Nebraska’s 150th

    February 28, 2017

    Broken Bow is nestled in the foothills of Nebraska’s picturesque Sandhills in the middle of everything – our state and our country.  In many ways, it’s a community that represents a cross section of the Cornhusker State.  It’s a rural town where Main Street is thriving thanks to the state’s largest industries: agriculture and manufacturing.  Employers ranging from feedlots to a major medical supplier provide good-paying jobs for families in Broken Bow and the surrounding area.  They’ve... read more

  • Budget Balancing Progressing

    February 17, 2017

    Balancing the budget is not only a tradition in Nebraska, but it’s also a requirement because our state cannot borrow money to finance the state’s budget.  Just like Nebraska households, state government does not spend money we do not have.  This principle is so foundational to who we are as a state that Nebraska’s Constitution places strict limits on the state’s ability to borrow in Article XIII.  This fiscal responsibility has earned Nebraska the distinction of ranking second best in the... read more

  • Long-Term Property Tax Reform

    February 13, 2017

    Property taxes are without a doubt the number one topic I hear about as I travel the state.  No matter where you go, Nebraskans feel the impact of the high property taxes that have earned our state the unpleasant distinction of ranking 5th highest in the nation according to USA Today.  Nebraska’s number one industry, agriculture, has been hardest hit by property taxes with a 137 percent increase between 2003 and 2013.  Last week I shared with you the details of my plan to cut... read more

  • Tax Relief for You

    February 09, 2017

    You’ll hear me talk about growing Nebraska frequently because it’s my vision for our state.  Everything my administration does is focused on achieving this vision, which is inspired by the people of Nebraska.  Whether it’s streamlining the application process for environmental quality permits to help businesses create jobs more quickly or launching our first-in-the-nation reemployment program to help jobseekers get back to work and find new opportunities, everything we do is about growing... read more

  • Cutting Government Spending

    January 30, 2017

    Protecting taxpayers and crafting fiscally responsible budgets have been a hallmark of Nebraska Governors for decades.  Each legislative session, the Governor of Nebraska presents budget recommendations to the Appropriations Committee for consideration, and works with State Senators to balance the state budget.  As your Governor the last two years, I have collaborated with the Legislature to cut the rate of growth in government and build a culture in state agencies that respects the taxpayer... read more

  • More Effective, More Efficient Government

    January 23, 2017

    More efficient.  More effective.  More customer-focused.  These are three principles that make up the heart and soul of my administration’s mission.  In the past, I have shared with you some of the ways we have been working to transform the culture of state government to better serve the taxpayer and grow Nebraska.  From launching a first-in-the-nation reemployment program to help Nebraskans get back to work more quickly to improving services at the Department of Health and Human Services,... read more