In State of the State address, Ricketts unveils budget, tax plans aimed at setting up Nebraska for future growth

19 Jan 2018

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled his newest budget and tax plans to mixed reviews.

In his annual State of the State speech, he touted the proposals as doing “what’s right for hard-working Nebraskans” and for the state’s future.

“We have to remain laser-focused on growing Nebraska,” he said. “That means cutting red tape, balancing the budget and delivering tax relief.”

Ricketts delivered the address — the fourth and last of his current term in office — during a year when state tax revenues continue to lag and demands for property tax cuts are rising.

The governor spent much of the speech reviewing the accomplishments of his term. He is seeking re-election this year.

“I’m happy to report that the state of the state is strong and growing,” he said, listing several economic development projects and international trade deals.

Ricketts also reinforced his credentials as an abortion opponent by proposing to cut off federal Title X funding to entities that perform, counsel or refer for abortion.

But he acknowledged that the state has challenges, including a $200 million shortfall for the budget period ending June 30, 2019.

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