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Governor Ricketts addresses Western Nebraska issues during Zoom tour across the state

Ricketts outlines his agenda
Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 12:16 AM CST
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - In his State of the State address Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts promoted his budget and legislative priorities for 2021. Property Tax Relief, broadband internet access, and corrections infrastructure were some of the key talking points. Ricketts highlighted the fact that Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate in the United States at 3.1 percent.

Ricketts says he fully supports funding state aid for the K-12 Public Education Formula.

“Many school districts certainly in Scottsbluff in particular and Gering are going to benefit from the K through 12 education formula,” says Ricketts. “We get a certified number from the Department of Education here that it will make it official in a few weeks. We’re using the current legislative fiscal office number and, again, every year, as Governor I fully fund that education formula to be able to help support our great public schools.”

Ricketts says he wants to allocate $410 million in grants for businesses and farms, $80 million in aid to non-profits and community based organizations. Also on the ticket is getting Space Command to come to Nebraska.

“I just want to thank everybody in the Panhandle for all your work helping us control the spread of the virus [and] getting a vaccine working our way through this pandemic,” says Ricketts. “We really want to get this behind us so we can return to a more normal life.”

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