Governor Heineman prepares to become chairman of the National Governors Association, meeting this weekend in Salt Lake City.
Heineman will begin his role as chairman of the National Governors Association during a time of strength. Nebraska holds the second lowest unemployment rate in the country and ended its fiscal year on a revenue uptick.
Heineman expects one topic to dominate discussions this weekend: the ongoing budget and debt ceiling talks in Washington.
“Because, even though in Nebraska we’re in better shape than the rest of the country, we need America to grow. We need to create more jobs in America. That’s what every citizen is worried about,” Heineman says.
Heineman serves as vice chairman of the NGA. He is expected to be elected chairman on Sunday. He will be the first Nebraska governor elected as NGA chairman since Val Peterson in 1951. This is the 103rd meeting of the NGA.
Heineman hopes to hold Nebraska up as a model for other states as well as to learn from governors of other states.