HOMEOWNER & AG PRODUCER RELIEF: Restructures existing property tax credits to prioritize middle-income Nebraska homeowners and ag producers. "They want tax relief", Ricketts said. "It's six to one property tax relief to income tax relief".
Ricketts delivered the address - the fourth and last of his current term in office - during a year when state tax revenues continue to lag and demands for property tax cuts are rising. He is seeking re-election this year.
"We have our work cut out for us, but I have no doubt we're up to the challenge", he said.
This year, I am recommending that the Legislature revise the State's distribution of federal Title X healthcare funds to ensure that no funds are used to subsidize abortion.
Taxation is another major challenge the state faces.
The third and final part of the plan, injecting $10 million into workforce development programs offered by the state over the next two years, would also be a boon to businesses looking to locate in the state, he said.More news: Intel & Micron To Go Their Separate Ways On NAND Development
"Nebraska is a pro-life state, and the state's budget should reflect those values", Ricketts said in a statement on Monday. When we started out the fiscal year, we had $34 million less in revenue over last year.
The cuts would be on top of the budget actions taken in 2017 to close a almost $1 billion shortfall. Lawmakers reduced some state spending, slowed the growth of other spending and tapped various cash funds to make that budget balance.
The Ricketts plan would protect state priorities such as K-12 education, developmental disability services, corrections and child welfare, which calls for a funding increase of $55 million. The money is needed because of a 9 percent increase in the number of children coming into state care.
Another issue covered by the governor was child welfare. Some statistics show a link to methamphetamine use. Dan Watermeier, efforts to reform occupational licenses, the merging of state agencies and bills by Sen.
"You just have to measure what the outcomes are because you are making short-term decisions that may have long-term implications", Stinner said.
Ricketts also attempted to cut off funding from abortion clinics previous year through a budget proposal that included language that would have redirected federal Title X funds to entities that offer a broad range of health services.More news: Stephen Curry returns for Warriors after out 11 games
Nebraska has the highest corporate tax rate of any regional state excepting Iowa and the 23 highest rate in the nation.
Responding to concerns about the cost of providing the estimated $1.1 billion in property tax relief contained in his proposal, Erdman said: "My job is to bring this legislation forward, not to say how to pay for it".
But Hadley Richters, acting head of the Holland Children's Movement, called the proposals misguided because they would make across-the-board cuts in services while helping big corporations with tax cuts. "We must help all Nebraskans keep more of their hard-earned money, and attract more people to come to our state", he said.
Right now, the state has no job training funds in the state's traditional programs, such as Intern Nebraska.
"I really do believe it keeps our hands clean in Nebraska", he said.
"Attacks on Title X and Planned Parenthood are short-sighted, politically motivated and medically ignorant, and Nebraska women deserve better", said Meg Mikolajczyk, PPHeartland Associate General Counsel. Planned Parenthood said those funds can't be used for abortion and it doesn't do so; opponents argue providing funds to Planned Parenthood indirectly supports abortions by supporting an organization that provides them.More news: Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber spend New Year's Eve in Cabo