Gov. Ricketts stops in GI after State of the State address

Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks in front of a crowd at the Grand Island airport just a few hours after delivering State of the State address. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Governor Pete Ricketts presented his annual State of the State address Wednesday in Lincoln, then traveled around the state answering questions and sharing his goals for 2020.

He talked legislation, budget and how Nebraska can keep moving forward with the same Nebraska strong mindset from last year's flooding.

The Governor says he has four top priorities for the year:
1) Flood relief: he wants to help Nebraskans get back on their feet as many still struggle to clean up from flooding almost a year later.
2) Veteran tax relief: according to the Governor, Nebraska is the only state in the region with a decreasing number of veterans. Giving them a break with taxes could help keep the veteran population in the area.
3) Community scholarships: Governor Ricketts plans to put more money into scholarships to help encourage high school students to continue their education after graduation.
4) Property tax relief: this is the number one priority for the Governor. He says it's the topic people talk to him most about.

"I am proposing $500 million in property tax relief over the next three years as part of this budget," Governor Ricketts told the crowd. "I am working with Senator Linehan and the Revenue Committee on a proposal to do that."

He says moving forward with this proposal he has three principals they are following; including no tax increases, protecting the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund and encouraging spending restraints in local governments.