Over the past ten years property taxes grew statewide by an average of 57%, while household income grew at 21%. There are counties in Nebraska where the average tax increase over the past ten years is as high as 147%, and individual homeowners and landowners have experienced even greater increases. Simply put, property taxes have gotten out of control.
Bob and Lynne believe that politics should end when governing begins. That has been their approach while serving as state senators in the Unicameral, and that will be their attitude as your Governor and Lt. Governor.
Agriculture is the backbone of Nebraska’s economy; it is our number one economic driver. As such it is incumbent upon the state of Nebraska to sustain and grow and protect this essential industry and way- of-life. From research at our universities, to building roads and bridges, to investments in the next generation of farmers and ranchers, we must be prepared to compete in the global marketplace.
As Governor and Lt. Governor, Bob Krist and Lynne Walz will strengthen public education in Nebraska. As a state senator, Bob has fought to make sure our schools have the resources they need. As a former teacher at Fremont Public Schools, Lynne knows the challenges our educators and students face.
The difference between the Ricketts administration and a Krist-Walz administration is as clear as night and day: Ricketts offers a pattern of neglect while Krist-Walz offers an aggressive policy agenda to address the health care needs of all Nebraskans.
Nebraska faces challenges in preventing the “brain drain” of young people leaving the state for opportunities in other states. One way to ensure that we are keeping young Nebraskans in our state and attracting people to Nebraska is through a strong University and State College system. Unfortunately, there has never been a governor who is more hostile to higher education in Nebraska than Pete Ricketts.
Jobs and Economic Development
Bob Krist and Lynne Walz understand the importance of a job, not only to an individual, but to the family that job supports. As small businesspersons, they understand first-hand how government can help, or hurt, job creation.
For far too long, women have encountered obstacles in their daily lives, both personally and professionally. In 2017, the #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements empowered survivors of sexual violence, harassment, and workplace inequity like nothing else has. Senators Krist and Walz have said that as a result of these encouraging movements, we now have an even greater responsibility to turn our collective outrage and awareness into action.
They say that the path from which you came is often the path that you will follow. When it comes to the special needs community, Pete Ricketts is on a very different path than Bob Krist and Lynne Walz.