Nebraska is one of just two states that has yet to provide choice to its families and children.
Not every kid learns the same, and our children deserve to have the best education for them. Nebraska legislators, this is the year: put kids first and advance school choice.
Enjoying our great natural resources goose hunting in Nebraska #GoodLife
Nebraskans: please join me tomorrow and pray, according to your own faith, for an end to abortion. Over 800,000 unborn babies in America are killed by the scourge of abortion each year—in a nation where the right to life is a cornerstone.
Great to host @UKinChicago at the capitol to discuss opportunities for increased trade and investment between Nebraska and the United Kingdom.
As we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, let’s aspire to the life of service he modeled, remembering that “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
His impassioned speeches and sermons stirred Americans to renew their commitment to our nation’s founding ideal that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. confronted racial injustice with a message of love and a commitment to non-violence. His courageous leadership helped bring about much-needed civil rights reforms.
I look forward to the challenge, opportunity, and honor of working with you. Remember: Nebraska is what America is supposed to be. God bless you all, and God bless the great State of Nebraska!
Our work in the coming days will require a spirit of collaboration and cooperation and for each of us to do our part to keep Nebraska strong.
I know that there will be tough debates. Long nights. And seemingly impossible time constraints. But I also know that we get the job done when everyone rolls up their sleeves and works together.
Putting money back into the pockets of hardworking Nebraskans. Protecting public safety. Securing access to our natural resources. And investing in one-time projects that will enhance our state. These are the ways we can keep Nebraska strong and growing in 2022.
My ARPA budget proposal includes over $284 million to water & sewer projects. This includes partial funding for the Perkins County Canal and Reservoir construction, funding for the STAR WARS Special Committee proposals, and other key water projects.
It also funds behavioral health and nursing incentives to ensure continued access to excellent care throughout our state.
It secures funding for parents of low-income children who have experienced learning loss during the pandemic, and it provides Nebraska’s community colleges dollars to enhance their workforce development programs.
And, for areas that experienced negative economic impacts from COVID-19, I am requesting over $500 million. This includes assistance for economic development projects in North Omaha and funding for beef processing supply chain issues in North Platte.
My proposal includes 29 qualifying initiatives that will better Nebraska. It will deliver nearly $200 million for public health emergency response.
I cannot stress it enough: ARPA funds are one-time funds. They must be spent as such. Each one of us has a responsibility to guard against spending this money in a way that grows government expenses.
This year, we also have the rare task of spending the $1.04 billion that Nebraska has been allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act. These ARPA funds can help our state grow into the future.
I am also requesting $200 million be allocated to the water projects presented by the STAR WARS Special Committee. These projects will also secure our access to water—and they provide the additional promise to grow the Good Life in tourism and recreation.
We must act to preserve, protect, manage, and steward our water supply for our future Nebraskans.
Access to water enables farmers & ranchers to produce, protects drinking water, & ensures NE remains the best place in the world to live, work, & raise a family.
If we fail to secure our supply from the So. Platte, we could expect to lose 90% of water that comes to us from CO
This year, we can also help secure our water resources for generations to come. After our people, water is Nebraska’s greatest natural resource.
To secure our water supply, I am recommending $500 mil to construct a canal & reservoir system from the South Platte River.
I am not asking anyone to choose between supporting a modern State Penitentiary and pursuing policies that aim to reduce crime and recidivism. These solutions are not at odds. There is room for both as we work to strengthen Nebraska.
For those wishing to pursue criminal justice reform, this should be a no-brainer. A modern facility will give our inmates a better quality of life. It will allow us to offer enhanced services and programming to prepare these men for life after time served.
Finally, we must fully fund the replacement of the Nebraska State Penitentiary. The existing penitentiary was built over one hundred and fifty years ago. Its walls are crumbling, and its infrastructure is aged beyond simple repair.
I am also requesting $16.9 million to enhance our state crime lab, which analyzes forensic and physical criminal evidence to better secure justice for victims of crime.
And $47.7 million to go toward the expansion of our Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island.
Historic agreements were struck to provide substantial pay increases for our 24/7 public health and safety positions. This will help us attract and retain quality corrections teammates. We’ve already seen a 5x increase in NDOC applicants since this announcement was made.
It’s imperative that we also remember our core responsibility: to protect public safety. After all, people are our greatest resource. There are several opportunities this session to strengthen our commitment to keep Nebraskans safe.