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 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    April 7, 2021 

Fighting for Our Rights

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took office a little over two months ago. In his inaugural address, President Biden dedicated himself to “bringing America together.” In the weeks since then, he has...

 

Halftime at the Unicameral

The Nebraska Legislature is halfway through its 2021 session. Senators are working on passing a budget that controls spending and delivers on Nebraskans’ top priority — property tax relief. The Un...

 

Celebrating and Growing Nebraska Agriculture

From March 21-27, 2021 we celebrate National Agriculture Week in Nebraska. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the hard work our farmers and ranchers do to produce high-quality and affordable...

 

State Achieves All-Time High in Daily Vaccines

LINCOLN – On Friday, Feb. 5, Gov. Pete Ricketts gave an update on coronavirus vaccination across the state. He noted that Nebraska administered over 14,000 vaccinations yesterday—the highest...

 

Let the States Lead

On January 20, the United States carried out a distinctive national tradition: Our country underwent a peaceful transition of power. Looking back on the history of nations, this is not typical....

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year

Christmas and New Year’s Day are welcome opportunities to slow down, connect with loved ones, and look forward to 2021. As we approach the year’s end, I am thankful for the many sacrifices...

 

Successfully Slowing the Spread

Nebraskans are known for common sense, tenacity, and grit. When faced with a major challenge, we don’t panic or abandon core principles and long-standing traditions. Instead, we pull together to do...

 

Giving Thanks in Adversity

It’s fitting to set aside time each year to express gratitude to God and to one another for the many blessings we enjoy.  In seasons of peace and plenty, as well as in times of war and loss,...

 

Giving Thanks in Adversity

It’s fitting to set aside time each year to express gratitude to God and to one another for the many blessings we enjoy. In seasons of peace and plenty, as well as in times of war and loss,...

 

Protect Our Hospitals

Sometimes the only way out is through.  That’s certainly true of the coronavirus pandemic.  We can’t stop this virus, but we can slow its spread.  Right now, there’s an urgent need for all...

 

A Vision of Nebraska's Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs creates a theme for Veterans Day each year.  For 2020, the theme is “Vision: Veterans in Focus.” It’s a reminder to remember the years of service and...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    News    October 21, 2020

Ricketts Announces Changes to Directed Health Measures

LINCOLN – On Oct. 16, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced changes to the State’s directed health measures (DHMs) that will take effect statewide today, Oct. 21.  The Governor also launched a campaign...  Website

 

Ricketts: Reject State Bailouts

As pandemic restrictions loosen, Nebraska is growing again. While some states continue to struggle through the current coronavirus impacted economy, Nebraska now has the lowest unemployment rate of...

 

Becoming the Best State for Veterans

In Nebraska, our goal is to be the most welcoming state in the country for veterans and military families. Our servicemen and women make tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. While we can nev...

 

A Successful Session

The Nebraska Legislature’s “short session” went much longer than usual this year due to coronavirus.  While the session didn’t wrap up until August, it was worth the wait for Nebraskans....

 

Marijuana Impairs Workers, Endangers Workplaces

Despite a constant push by big marijuana to promote marijuana legalization so that it can cash in on new markets, Nebraska has wisely rejected the lobbying of drug advocates.   The $13.6 billion...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Opening for Business

June is usually the month when summer hits full swing in Nebraska.  In a typical year, Omaha would be hosting the College World Series right now. The Swedish Festival in Stromsburg, Polish Days in...

 

Get Nebraska Agriculture Growing

Here in Nebraska, June is both Renewable Fuels Month and Dairy Month, so it’s a fitting time to talk about how we’re working to get Nebraska agriculture growing.  2020 has been another...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Reopening Prudently

Over the past three months, Nebraskans have once again shown the world how our grit, determination, and spirit of working together can help us overcome any challenge.  Faced with the greatest public...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    May 27, 2020

Stay Connected During Coronavirus

It’s hard to believe we’ve been battling coronavirus in Nebraska for over two months now.  I applaud Nebraskans for working together and successfully slowing the spread of the virus.  The...

 
 By Pete Ricketts    Opinion    June 5, 2019

The Results Are In

Last week, Senators wrapped up the First Session of the 106th Nebraska Legislature. From property taxes to a new pro-life law, the Legislature did important work on a wide variety of issues. Here are...

 

Growing Nebraska After 150 Years

This week, Nebraska turns 151 years old. On March 1, Nebraska celebrates Statehood Day, the anniversary of President Johnson signing Nebraska’s statehood proclamation in 1867. We have come a long...

 

Winning The Nebraska Way

Life is precious. It is something that we can never take for granted. From our country’s earliest days, our Founding Fathers recognized life as the first right in the Declaration of Independence....

 

Improving Educational Outcomes

Like many Nebraskans, my life has been shaped by agriculture. For over 40 years, I’ve worked with agriculture and rural development organizations across our state and recognized how the success of...

 

Working Together On Reform

Cutting and reforming taxes is key to growing Nebraska. Over the years, together, the Legislature and I have done the hard work needed to hold the line on taxes. Additionally, we have worked together...

 

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