Gov. Dave Heineman says voters sent a message to Washington in the 2014 elections.
Heineman, a Republican, says the big Republican wins throughout the United States should be taken as a very powerful statement.
“At the federal level, all across America, the American people sent a very powerful message: we want you to get something done at the federal level, quit arguing, start working together, and focus on our concerns; the economy, jobs, the education of our children,” Heineman tells reporters.
Heineman says he’s pleased Nebraska voters elected fellow Republicans Pete Ricketts as governor and Ben Sasse as United States Senator.
Heineman sees Ricketts as a good successor as governor.
“Who’s going to focus on additional tax relief, strengthening our education system, moving forward in a number of other areas,” according to Heineman. “I’m very pleased Ben Sasse got elected to the United States Senate. He is a bright, intelligent, caring individual and I believe he’s a rising star in the Republican Party.”
As for the result of the legislative races, it appears certain the Unicameral will be more conservative in 2015, according to Heineman.
“The legislature, it’s clear to me that it’s going to be more conservative. They heard loud and clear from Nebraskans; taxes are too high, property and income taxes especially and we need to do something about it,” Heineman says. “But the issues are the same. At the end of the day, it’s what we’ve done for ten years. It’s all about education and jobs.”