2/15/2017 11:12:57 AM
Governor Ricketts talks taxes and balanced budget in Broken Bow

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts made a planned stop in Broken Bow on Tuesday, February 14th to discuss his legislative priorities and listen to Nebraskans. The Governor spoke to the public over the noon hour at the Broken Bow Municipal Building. Ricketts recently introduced two bills to the Legislature--LB337 a proposal to cut income taxes and LB338 to reduce property tax. During the hour, Ricketts provided information about how tax dollars are distributed to different Nebraska departments of service. He also shared his view on where and how tax cuts should be implemented and what efforts should be made  to balance the budget. The latest forecast projects that tax revenues will fall $910 million below estimated expenses from now through the end of the next budget period.

Several issues were discussed, including escalating property taxes and its negative effects on agriculture, prison reform, Health and Human Services reform, and the future of health care coverage in Nebraska. The audience was encouraged to ask questions and several other issues were discussed. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, Governor Ricketts told the audience that public meetings provide a way for citizens to get involved, hold elected officials accountable, and help shape policy. Ricketts requested that Custer County citizens stay involved and work together with the legislature to tackle Nebraska's challenges. 


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