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Governor Pete Ricketts delivered his State of the State speech in Norfolk

January 19, 2019

NORFOLK - Governor Pete Ricketts was in Norfolk Thursday for his State of the State address.

Ricketts said there are four pillars to grow Nebraska and keep the people currently in the state here.

He said the first one is helping Nebraskan’s take great paying jobs and the second is based on the budget to make state government more effective, more efficient, and more customer-focused.

His third pillar is tax relief. Ricketts said his property tax proposal for this year follows three different things.

“First, because we’re controlling spending we’re able to increase the property tax credit relief fund by 23% adding an additional $51 million each year of this biennium for a total of $275 million in that property tax credit relief fund which is direct property tax relief to all property owners in Nebraska.”

Ricketts said the proposal would make the property tax relief fund permanent and also limit local taxing entities by increasing their property taxes by more than three percent through a constitutional amendment.

Ricketts said the fourth pillar to grow Nebraska is to continue with more trade missions.

He said he will be going to Mexico next month and Japan in September.

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