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Wednesday 08/19/2015
Pushing back on Washington
Posted: August 19, 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 aspects of our lives.

Don’t throw funding out with the bathwater
Posted: August 19, 2015

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” echoes as our local and state representatives confront the drumbeat to address ever-increasing property taxes. The reverberations are particularly loud when suggestions turn to reducing financial support of local school districts which, to use North Platte’s public schools for example, levy approximately half of the property taxes paid by real estate owners. This summer and fall, the Unicameral’s Education (on which our Senator Groene serves) and Revenue Committees are studying Nebraska’s funding of education ostensibly with an eye toward shifting more of the load away from property taxes.

Rushing policies ends in lights out
Posted: August 19, 2015

Presidents are known for rushing new policies during their last two years in office. Without the pressure of re-election, they begin to focus on their legacies and often aggressively pursue partisan proposals.

Friday 08/07/2015
Nebraska should reject the EPA mandate
Posted: August 07, 2015

On Aug. 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its most aggressive proposal to date on regulating U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. The Administration’s “Clean Power Plan” would drastically affect Nebraska’s economy without achieving its stated goal of combating climate change.

Wednesday 08/05/2015
Council efforts deserve public support
Posted: August 05, 2015

The North Platte City Council is to be applauded for two recent actions aimed at easing the local tax burden. One will grow the tax base. The other may responsibly reduce spending. To effectively decrease the tax load, both growth of the tax base and reduction of spending are necessary.

Sunday 07/12/2015
Nebraska sets a good example
Posted: July 12, 2015

The past month saw a scramble by about two dozen states to complete their budgets before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

Tuesday 07/07/2015
EPA threatens Nebraska's future
Posted: July 07, 2015

Agriculture is Nebraska’s No. 1 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.

Thursday 07/02/2015
N-CORPE is in need of scrutiny
Posted: July 02, 2015

A month has passed since the legislative session ended and after a short respite we now start the process of Legislative Resolutions (LR). These are requested by senators for interim committee studies and hearings on issues important to their constituents.

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