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    December 21, 2015


  • Pushing Back on Washington

    August 17, 2015

    One of the greatest barriers to growing Nebraska is the increasingly burdensome regulations coming out of Washington, D.C.  As Governor, one of my top priorities is pushing back on these regulations and creating a business-friendly climate in our state so that hardworking Nebraskans can find the good-paying jobs that we rely on to keep Nebraska a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  Washington bureaucrats, however, have continued to author new rules that seek to regulate many... read more

  • Building a 21st-Century Infrastructure

    August 11, 2015

    Building a 21st-century infrastructure is an important part of Growing Nebraska. Good roads are important for public safety because they provide safe transportation corridors for our families commuting to work, dropping their kids off at school, and making a trip to the grocery store. They are important for economic development for moving products to market especially in our top two industries, agriculture and manufacturing. Good roads are also critical to connecting our... read more

  • Our Beautiful Nebraska

    August 04, 2015

    The natural beauty of our great state and its rich cultural heritage have made Nebraska a truly special place. As Governor, I always tell people that I have the best job in the world because our state is the greatest place in the world to live, work, and raise a family. One of the favorite parts of my job as Governor is traveling the state, experiencing its natural beauty and our cultural heritage, and listening to your stories and those of all Nebraskans.

  • Listening to the Second House

    July 28, 2015

    Throughout my first six-plus months as Governor, I have spoken frequently about my goal of Growing Nebraska. To make this goal a reality requires the input and support of the citizens of our state. Growing Nebraska necessitates that we as Nebraskans come together to build a strategy to move our state forward. That is why over the past two years I have spent so much time crisscrossing Nebraska, visiting communities, holding town halls, and listening to taxpayers.

  • Running Government Like a Business

    July 21, 2015

    One of the core duties of state government is to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens and to provide a safety net for those who truly need a hand up, while ensuring that your hard earned tax dollars are spent wisely. Upon taking office, I promised to make state government more effective and efficient, and that our agencies would take a customer-focused approach to serving the citizens of our state. This is the same mindset our state’s small businesses and companies are utilizing every... read more

  • Getting Back to Work

    July 13, 2015

    Growing Nebraska will not happen by accident – it takes careful planning. Connecting Nebraskans to good jobs is one way we can ensure that our state continues to grow, and it is something that I have directed members of my team to work on in their agencies across all of state government. For job creators, this is particularly important in light of our state’s lowest-in-the-nation unemployment rate of 2.6 percent. At the Department of Labor, growing job opportunities means looking for new... read more

  • Nebraska’s Renewable Future

    July 02, 2015

    Agriculture is Nebraska’s number one industry, and that is why growing agriculture is so critical to growing our state. Ethanol is one of the key growth industries in Nebraska agriculture that has added billions in revenue and thousands of jobs to our economy over the past decade. Thanks to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), passed in 2005, Nebraska’s ethanol production has tripled from 566 million gallons to about 2 billion gallons in just 10 years. 

    Before the advent of the RFS,... read more

  • Celebrating Our Independence

    June 26, 2015

    Across Nebraska on Independence Day, Nebraskans will perform annual traditions as they gather to watch fireworks, grill on the back porch, march in parades, participate in community-wide festivals, and share the holiday with family and friends. While these rituals may seem commonplace, they are at the heart of who we are as Nebraskans and Americans as we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Growing Trade Relationships

    June 22, 2015

    The overarching goal of my administration is Growing Nebraska. Opening and expanding overseas markets is a critical part of finding new opportunities for Nebraska businesses in a global economy. From June 7th to the 15th, leaders in agriculture and economic development from across Nebraska joined me on a very successful international trade mission, the first of my administration. This trade mission took us to the European Union (EU) where we visited Italy, Belgium, and Denmark. With 500... read more