Today in Lincoln at the 2012 Legislative Conference, Governor Dave Heineman addressed Nebraska Farm Bureau members by saying, “We continue to work hard to expand opportunities for young Nebraskans. Our state has the 2nd lowest unemployment rate and ranks in the Top 10 for business-friendly states. However, if you look at tax foundation rankings, when I began as Governor we were 45th out of 50 states and were one of the highest tax states. We’re now 30th and have made great progress but it’s still not good enough. That’s why I’ll continue to push tax relief and a balanced budget without raising taxes.
“In 2009-10 population growth exceeded the national average and we nearly missed it in 2011. What would that mean if we did that for a decade? More young people would be staying in Nebraska for job opportunities and more people would be moving here for jobs and quality of life. We’d have more congressional districts…and looking at the bigger picture, it would mean that kids would have opportunities here in Nebraska.
“Boomberg Business Week ranked Arlington the 2nd best place in American to raise kids because it’s a farming community with top notch schools. Now, substitute Arlington with any small town in Nebraska and that’s what you have – safe communities, affordable homes, good schools and an unmatched quality of life.
“You can’t put a dollar value on that – it’s worth billions. Thank you for what you’re doing and keep it up. We have to keep Nebraska moving forward.”