Gov. Pete Ricketts' 2018 State of the State address

The current credit is applied directly to property tax bills, resulting in millions of dollars in benefits each year to landowners who don't live in the state.

Nebraska state veterans' care workers are receiving a 20 percent pay raise after recent surveys found their wages are lagging their peers in other states.

In his press conference Wednesday afternoon, Ricketts said Nebraska has seen a tremendous amount of growth past year. The first was the budget, which has a $173 million projected shortfall.

Scheer introduced the bill to repeal the century-old ban on religious garb on behalf of Sister Madeleine Miller of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk, who couldn't find work at a parochial school in the Norfolk area because she was told she couldn't wear her habit.

Right now, the state has no job training funds in the state's traditional programs, such as Intern Nebraska.

Recent partnerships with the global community also promise to bring more jobs to the state while helping grow Nebraska's $8 billion in exports annually, Ricketts said. Trade missions to Canada, China and Japan have helped spur growth here on the Great Plains, he added.

"Gov. Ricketts and his allies are attacking individual liberties and putting their personal beliefs over women's health", she said.

Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln also expressed some concern regarding the governor's intentions for tax relief and the budget. "Besides the good-paying jobs and investment, Kawasaki supports local charities and uses local vendors".

The governor addressed a crowd at Western Nebraska Regional Airport. On Wednesday, Ricketts said Sen.

Ricketts said he is also recommending additional investments.

US companies, too, have sought investments in Nebraska, the so-called Silicon Prairie. Ricketts pointed to a 970,000-square-foot facility under construction to serve as a data center for Facebook in Papillion, and a Costco chicken processing operation in Fremont.

His decrease calls for across-the-board spending cuts with the caveat they won't touch the state aid to K-12 schools, investments into the Department of Corrections, which include almost $6 million to build 100 new prison beds, or aid to the state's population of developmentally disabled individuals.

Gov. Ricketts wants to keep that momentum going, by reducing property taxes by 4 billion dollars, over the next 10 years.

Lawmakers face a projected $173 million revenue state revenue shortfall in the current two-year budget cycle, which is expected to rise to $200 million due to a reduction in federal funding.

He also unveiled a new tax package that again includes property tax and income tax relief, but without adding additional funding.

His threefold plan, which will be introduced Wednesday by Sen.

"At the end of the day, the tax cut proposal is a guaranteed income tax cut for top earners and corporations, and the triggers put Nebraska on the unsafe path that led to serious budget issues in Kansas and Oklahoma and caused lawmakers in those states to repeal tax cut triggers". In fact, Ricketts said, Nebraska has more economic development projects past year than Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota combined.

"Right now, 90 percent of individual income taxes paid by Nebraskans are at that top rate, and 90 percent of Nebraska businesses pay at the top individual rate", he said.

The governor's proposal takes advantage of a newly relaxed policy from Congress a year ago that gives states more leeway in determining the distribution of Title X funds, which are federal funds earmarked for providing family planning and related health services such as contraception.

"We'll be seeing a lot of debating", Ebke said, "but it will be worth it".

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