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Joining The Agriculture Committee

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...

 

Bad Weather

People on the West Coast endure droughts and forest fires. People on the Northeast Coast endure minus degree temperatures and a foot of snow. People in the Southeast endure the ferocious winds, rain, and flooding that hurricanes bring. People who...

 

Prioritizing Balancing the Budget and Tax Reform

The 2018 legislative session has commenced! Last week, State Senators gathered at the State Capitol building in Lincoln to kick off the second session of Nebraska’s 105th Legislature. This is a...

 

Call To Public Service - Guest Editorial

Each of us, regardless of age, experience or circumstances, has something to contribute to his or her community. We are fast approaching the time to file to run or run for re-election for local...

 

A Productive 2017

There is a lot of work ahead in the new year. Before we undertake a fresh set of challenges, it is good to take stock of the many positive outcomes and accomplishments of 2017. Tax reform becoming law was one of the year’s most celebrated...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: LB611 Would Protect Against Federal Funding Crisis

One bill I believe Nebraska needs is LB611. LB611 is a carry-over bill from last year. Last year the bill advanced out of the Appropriations Committee, where it also became the committee’s priority...

 

Serving Our Families

Serving Nebraska during the last five years has been an honor, and as I begin 2018, I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of our great state and our great people. My staff, both in Washington...

 

Ask Brianna: How do i make a money resolution that succeeds?

“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your...

 

How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is imp...

 
 By Marc Dion    Opinion    January 5, 2018

Hangover Cure

I get some of my best ideas drinking coffee. I get good ideas drinking whiskey, too, but I forget them before I can write them down. I was drinking coffee in the office yesterday morning, instant coffee in a cup with a Christmas tree and the “Peanu...

 

Office Pool 2018

1) In 2018, a. the Democrats will win control of the House of Representatives. b. the Republicans will retain control of the Senate. c. President Donald Trump will provoke the use of the 25th Amendment by his Cabinet to remove him temporarily from...

 

End of Year Complexities

I have to admit my usual reference to biking doesn't work. A guy can't spend much time on a bike, safely, when winter suddenly arrives with the single-digit readings and varieties of snow and ice. I...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: Taxes and Valuations are High Priorities

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! The second session of the 105th Nebraska Legislature will commence on January 3. So, this week I want to offer an update on some of the bills I have been working...

 

Working Together In 2018

Happy New Year, fellow Nebraskans! With the start of a new year, the Unicameral Legislature convenes in January to work on priorities Nebraskans care about. In good times and in bad, Nebraskans work...

 

Sidney Regional Medical Center - Letter to the Editor

Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC), a very devoted business member of the community and proud supporter of Sidney, Cheyenne County, and the region, on behalf of the Board of Directors,...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    January 3, 2018

Time Is A Key Factor In Investing

With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will pause and ponder the age-old question: "Who knows where the time goes?" And, as is always the case, none of us really do know. However, wherever the t...

 

The Christmas Spirit In Action

Christmas feels a little different this year. I’ve spent more time on two wheels in the last few weeks than I have most of the summer, welcomed by unseasonable weather. The weather adjusted...

 

Keeping Nebraska Healthy

Our children are our future. In Nebraska and across the country, families are working hard and doing all they can to keep their kids happy and healthy. When a child is sick, caretakers want to know...

 

Deadly Isms

People want politics to be simple. Left vs. right. Clinton vs. Trump. My side vs. your side. Elect the right guy, and things will be good! The truth is more complicated. Influential political philosophies created the mess we live with today, not...

 

Good News for the Economy

This is the season of good news, and the economic potential we are currently seeing in our country is no exception. The unemployment rate has fallen to a 17-year low, a signal of rising opportunity in America. The Trump administration’s commitment...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: Getting Ready for the New Legislative Session

As 2017 draws to a close, I sit by the fire with pen and paper in hand, reflecting on all that has transpired since I first took office back in January 2017. It has truly been an honor and a...

 

Reducing the Budget

Every successful organization and household has to manage a budget. Our farmers and ranchers work to control the cost of inputs so that they operate profitably when it comes time to market their...

 

Kim Jong Un

The news out of Korea is a mix of bad and good, but perhaps more lopsided on the side of bad. President Donald Trump continues to accelerate his war of words with North Korea, by calling the rogue nation’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, “Little Rocket...

 

Improving HHS Operations

Here at the State of Nebraska, we’re working every day to build a government which is more effective and more efficient. When I took office, I identified the Department of Health and Human Services...

 

STRAIGHT TALK: All I Want For Christmas Is Property Tax Relief

Nebraskans pay too much in property taxes. According to the Tax Foundation, Nebraskans pay the seventh highest property taxes in the nation. Nebraskans pay 1.65 percent of their home’s value in prop...

 

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