Nebraska can't simply will away the COVID threat. We need energetic, science-based action emphasizing the importance of vaccination and empowering local health authorities.
Experience in other states shows the value of such efforts, State Sen. Tom Briese writes.
Here are just a few matters that will take up her time and define her abilities to govern under fire in a geographically and politically diverse state that will still be reeling from the scandals that led to the resignation of Andrew M. Cuomo.
It's fine to celebrate the state's strong increase in revenues. But caution is warranted about long-term spending and tax-cut commitments.
Political contributions and state environmental decisions sow cynicism about Nebraska government.
Nebraska over the years has failed to make sure some high-dollar contracts are responsibly vetted. Next year, the Legislature must reform state contracting processes to ensure proper accountability.
If we ever have a popularly elected president, we will be slaves to this bickerfest kind of governance even more. It’s not healthy.
The wise course for Nebraska is for a positive politics that respects all interests and strives to accommodate them.
Current state policy violates a fundamental American principle of government and harms these children's futures.
If states step forward to help address the border emergency, the suffering of these children can be lessened. The cause is worthy.
A leading state senator said Nebraska should have enough money to pay for proposed tax cuts and spending increases.
One clause of the $1.9 trillion plan says states cannot "either directly or indirectly" use their federal dollars to cover a loss of state tax revenue caused by a tax cut.
A series of troubled multimillion-dollar contracts shows the need for major reform of Nebraska state government procurement processes.
Dr. James Lawler of UNMC said leaders need to do more to urge masking and other precautions. "Sadly, Americans have been willing to sacrifice old people so that kids can play sports," he said.
People receiving Social Security benefits and corporations would pay less in taxes under proposals advanced by the Nebraska Legislature's Revenue Committee.
Some increased spending, some tax-cut ideas are appropriate. Just don't overcommit the state. Past experience here and elsewhere provides a warning.
The Nebraska Legislature will likely hold a special session, probably in October, because the U.S. Census data needed for redrawing political districts was delayed, in part by the COVID pandemic.
Nebraska government has made two major missteps. Nebraskans need reassurance that the Ricketts administration is making needed changes to ensure the highest professional competence.
"Well, governor, what about the thousands of senior citizens that have grown up in Nebraska or have lived here the majority of their lives? Are they not equally important also?"
A decade ago, Nebraska's child welfare system plunged into years of crisis. The state's effort to shift to private providers was a failure, and it took years to put services back on a positive path.
Most people know tribal members suffer from poverty, but they do not understand why tribes have been so poor for so long.
For too long, the Legislature has allowed controversies to harm the functioning of the Environment Trust. Lawmakers must do their duty and, at last, provide the needed clarity in state law.
Deb Thomas, a former state administrator and vice chancellor for business and finance at UNMC, has passed away.