A transition from one administration to another is underway at the state Capitol.
Governor Dave Heineman met with Governor-elect Pete Ricketts Wednesday morning, the first meeting as one administration transitions into another.
“First of all, you’ve got a staff to hire,” Heineman told Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “He may keep some of ours, but you have a personal staff, you have all of the directors, you’ve got policy research staff.”
Deadlines will come quickly.
Ricketts officially begins his duties as governor January 8th. The State of the State address before the Unicameral will be January 15th. The deadline for Ricketts to propose his first state budget to the legislature is February 1st.
Heineman has promised to make the transition the smoothest in state history. He says these next two months are key for Ricketts to prepare to take the reins of state government.
“But the key issues are to be prepared to lead; what is your agenda, what’s going to be the budget, what’s going to be in the State of the State (address)? And, hire key people who are going to work for you.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]