State Senator Bob Krist of Omaha says the state needs new leadership, but understands he has an uphill fight in his race against Gov. Pete Ricketts.
This is the second of our two-part series.
Krist, a Democrat, characterizes Republican Gov. Ricketts as a “my way or the highway” leader and claims he would work with the legislature on major issues, such as a state budget suffering from declining state revenue.
“My proposal, and I have already talked to key leadership in the legislature, would be to start from ground zero, developing a budget together,” Krist tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Krist says he would focus state government on the priorities essential to move to the state forward. Krist says Ricketts has failed to prioritize education and infrastructure.
Prison overcrowding would also be a priority of at Krist Administration the candidate says, reiterating an earlier promise to fire current State Corrections Director Scott Frakes. Krist charges Frakes operates under the same “my way or the highway” management style and Krist blames Frakes for not addressing prison safety, leading to riots, inmate deaths, and overcrowded conditions.
As for property tax reform, Krist says he would bring the Unicameral together, place all proposals on the table, and reach agreement on how to rein in high property taxes while balancing the three-legged tax stool of property, income, and sales tax revenue.
Krist says he understands he faces an uphill battle and that many do not give him a chance in the race. Still, Krist says he has good standing in the Second Congressional District, has work to do in the First Congressional District, and has spent the past nine months in the Third Congressional District. He says the work will pay off in November.
Krist claims Ricketts is attempting to minimize his name recognition by avoiding multiple debates.
“We’ll have a debate,” Krist says. “We’ll have one, at the State Fair. But, that debate will show that the governor has not paid attention to the entire state as we have in this campaign.”
Krist and Ricketts debate this afternoon at the State Fair.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]