Gov. Pete Ricketts outlines his legislative agenda this morning during his State of the State address before the Unicameral, but one issue overshadows them all.
The governor says money, or the lack of it, is the top issue.
“I expect that this budget will dominate the legislative session, because we have to make some tough choices,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Ricketts has already outlined his proposal to close a $267 million gap in the current budget. He faces an even greater deficit for the coming two-year budget, perhaps as much as a billion dollar revenue shortfall.
Ricketts has confidence he and the legislature can address the state’s fiscal woes.
“Absolutely, this is all very doable,” according to Ricketts. “This is why the people of Nebraska have sent me and the legislature here, to work on these tough problems.”
The governor says his proposal for the current budget will build a foundation for the budget he will propose today for the next biennium. Ricketts proposes a combination of budget cuts and transfers to close the revenue gap.
Today, the governor outlines his proposal to deal with sagging state revenues over the next two fiscal years.
“And all this will be able to get done without increasing taxes.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]