Gov. Peter Ricketts has been on the job a little more than 60 days and says he’s adjusting to life in the role as governor.
The question came up during the governor’s agricultural conference in Kearney.
Sixty days into his administration, has being governor been what candidate Peter Ricketts expected?
“I think it is pretty much is what I expected. I will say that things are coming along very well,” Ricketts responded.
Ricketts said he is pleased with the people he has brought into his administration, especially to fill positions for director of the Department of Correctional Services, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, and director of Economic Development.
Ricketts says the budget he submitted to the legislature holds the growth in state government to slightly more than three percent, keeping spending low enough to allow for increase property tax relief. Ricketts proposes adding $60 million to the property tax credit relief fund. He also proposes lowering the valuation at which farmland is taxed from 75% of its market value to 65% of the market value.
The governor is closely watching the Revenue Committee as it deals with no less than 26 bills providing some sort of property tax relief. He says he eagerly awaits legislative debate on property taxes.
“So, I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made so far,” Ricketts stated. “We still have a lot of work left to do. We still have key hires left to make. But, I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made so far.”
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this report.
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