Gov. Pete Ricketts challenged the legislature to foster an economic climate that will create jobs and called on the public to stay engaged during his inaugural address.
Ricketts has taken the oath of office, officially becoming Nebraska’s 40th governor, succeeding Gov. Dave Heineman, who served the longest in the office.
Ricketts addressed a legislative chamber packed to nearly overflowing with family members of the various officeholders inaugurated following their successful 2014 elections.
Ricketts told lawmakers they must strengthen the economy and create jobs. Ricketts said the state must create more and better paying jobs for the youth of the state and put in place the 21st Century infrastructure and pro-growth policies that will lead to the expansion of business and agriculture.
“However, there’s a barrier for creating jobs here in our state and it’s Nebraska’s high taxes. We must cut taxes,” Ricketts said to applause in the chamber.
Ricketts also called for a cut in business regulations and stated he would fight increased regulation from Washington.
The state educational system must provide students with the tools needed to compete in the 21st Century global economy.
The new governor also said citizens have a role to play.
“And to Nebraskans everywhere, I encourage you, stay involved, stay engaged. You are the second house. Hold us accountable for the results we achieve and help us grow the state.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]
AUDIO: Gov. Pete Ricketts’ inaugural address. [10 min.]