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Bridging the Digital Divide

Over the years, Nebraskans have built thousands of miles of trails, rails, power lines, and highways to connect our state. This connectivity has helped our urban and rural communities thrive. Yet as...

 

Protecting Title IX from the Biden Administration

Fifty years ago, women’s volleyball wasn’t even a varsity sport at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Fast forward a half century, and Nebraska volleyball is must-see e...

 

Coming Together to Grow Nebraska

Nebraska is experiencing terrific growth. We’ve seen big success creating jobs, cutting taxes, and attracting investment to our state. This week, I’m hosting Nebraska’s Ag and Economic Developme...

 

Nothing More Nebraskan Than the State Fair

We’re less than a month away from our state’s biggest annual celebration — the Nebraska State Fair.  From August 26th through September 5th, Nebraskans from across the state will gather to...

 

Countering Communist China

This month, I issued a proclamation declaring July 2022 as “Victims of Communism Month” in Nebraska.  This is the second year in a row that I’ve issued this proclamation as a way to highlight...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 27, 2022

Telling the Story of Chief Standing Bear

 One of America’s greatest civil rights heroes is from Nebraska.  Yet nationally, almost nobody knows about him.  As Nebraskans, we’re changing that by telling Chief Standing Bear’s story....

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    July 13, 2022

Celebrating 85 Years of the Nebraska State Patrol

In 1937, the Nebraska Safety Patrol was formed to address the rising problem of crashes on our state’s roads.  Eighty-five years later, that organization still stands—now known as the Nebraska...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 29, 2022

Curbing America's Corrosive Inflation

Americans are experiencing pain at the pump and sticker shock at the store. Prices continue to soar. This out-of-control inflation is corrosive to the financial health of America’s families. The fai...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 15, 2022

Keeping Mental Health a Priority

Mental illness is a national public health issue that affects Nebraska as well.  During my time as Governor, we’ve made mental health a priority and have rolled out several programs to identify...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 8, 2022

A Letter To Nebraska's Graduates

Dear College Graduates, Congratulations!  You did it!  You persevered through a once-in-a-century pandemic to earn your degree.  Your disciplined study and hard work have paid off.  You’ve put...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 18, 2022

When Disaster Strikes, Nebraskans Show Up

Grit and determination.  Readiness to help at a moment’s notice.  Willingness to work long and hard.  Steadfastness in the face of difficulty.  These are the qualities that define us as Nebraska...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 11, 2022

Unfinished Business: Enhancing Nebraska's Commitmentto Protecting Second Amendment Rights

Nebraskans have long been strong supporters of the right to keep and bear arms.  Nearly 85 years after it was enshrined in the Second Amendment at the federal level, Nebraska’s leaders chose to...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 4, 2022

A History-Making 60 Days

The 2022 Legislative Session will go down in history as one of the Nebraska Unicameral’s finest.  In just 60 days, the Legislature passed record tax relief, made critical public safety...

 

Nebraska the Beautiful: Conserving our Land Without the Heavy Hand of Federal Government

In Nebraska, we know the importance of good stewardship.  Our farmers and ranchers responsibly cultivate the land so future generations of Nebraskans can continue enjoying the Good Life for years to...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Time for Action, Not Antics

As we approach the final days of the 2022 legislative session, the Nebraska Unicameral has the opportunity to deliver smart criminal justice reforms that will enhance public safety and benefit all...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Controlling Spending to Cut Taxes

In the remaining days of the 2022 Legislative Session, we must work together to strike the appropriate balance between managing government spending and returning excess revenue to the people.  That...

 

Voting for Our Future

The Nebraska Legislature has reached a critical juncture.  In the coming weeks, Senators will make important votes on a budget that will shape the future of our state. On March 11th, the Legislature...

 

"Emergency" in Name Only: The Second Round of the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

As Nebraskans, we value resourcefulness and self-reliance.  We also care for our neighbors.  We recognize that extraordinary times—like a natural disaster or a global pandemic—warrant extra...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    March 9, 2022

An Energetic Response to Russia

Russia’s attack on Ukraine is an assault on freedom everywhere.  As leader of the free world, the United States must issue a strong response that will isolate Russia – and the world must follow...

 

Nebraska Must Act Now to Secure Our Water

Nebraskans know every drop of water is precious.  Agriculture is our top industry.  It makes up 20% of our economy, and it generates one in four jobs in our state.  Access to water makes this...

 

State Growth Through International Trade

Don’t let Nebraska’s location in the middle of America fool you.  Our state touches every corner of the globe with the crops we grow, livestock we raise, and products we manufacture.  Each...

 

Enhancing Public Safety in Nebraska

Here in the Good Life, we must not take our public safety for granted.  We’ve seen other states fail to support law enforcement and underinvest in their corrections.   News stories with video...

 

Putting An End to Human Trafficking in Nebraska

The most heinous crimes often target vulnerable members of our society.  To protect our innocent, Nebraska is hard at work to expose human trafficking and root it out of the Good Life. Human...

 

Growing Nebraska: A Year in Review

If you’ve read my weekly columns, tuned into a press conference, or heard me speak before, you are no stranger to my guiding vision for the state: growing Nebraska.   It’s been the mission of my...

 

Nebraska's Growth: Routed in Agriculture

Agriculture is the heart and soul of Nebraska.  Through the years, our farmers and ranchers have built a reputation for producing crops and livestock that are second to none.  Among U.S. states,...

 

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