Latest Pete Ricketts News

Nebraska could boost K-12 school aid to lower property taxes

Oct. 13, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who pledged to lower property taxes are getting ready to try again with a proposal that would boost state aid for K-12 public schools while restricting the districts' taxing power. The tentative proposal, which has generated strong opposition from educators, would...

Nebraska property tax ballot drive gains steam, donations

Sep. 15, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A petition drive that seeks to lower Nebraska property taxes by sharply cutting state revenue is gaining steam and donations despite concerns from some groups that it would force lawmakers to raise other taxes and cut state services. The group TRUE Nebraskans now has more than 200...

Lying prisoners: New laws crack down on jailhouse informants

Sep. 14, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A movement to put jailhouse informants under a more powerful microscope before they testify is gaining traction around the country, a byproduct of new DNA testing technology that has exonerated dozens of people wrongly locked up based on informants' lies. Several states have moved to...

Nebraska homeowners to get $104.15 credit per $100K in value

Sep. 12, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska homeowners and farmers will get a slightly bigger tax credit this year to reduce what they would otherwise have to pay on their property tax bills. The Nebraska Department of Revenue announced Thursday that homeowners will get a credit of $104.15 for every $100,000 in taxable...

Nebraska county OKs sales tax to pay wrongfully convicted

Sep. 11, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska county that owes more than $30 million to six people wrongfully convicted of murder approved a new half-cent sales tax Wednesday to help pay the legal judgment, but the former prisoners still will have to wait at least six years to collect the full amount they're owed. The...

Nebraska, Iowa ordered lowered for Sept. 11 observance

Sep. 10, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The governors of Nebraska and Iowa have ordered flags lowered to observe the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered U.S. and state flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday to honor those who died in...

Ricketts: Japan trade deal would be 'big deal for Nebraska'

Sep. 9, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts says a new trade agreement that lowers tariffs between the United States and Japan would be a "big deal for Nebraska" and farmers in particular if both sides can reach an agreement. Ricketts made the comment by telephone Monday from Japan, the latest stop on his...

Flood puts big staffing strain on Nebraska emergency agency

Sep. 8, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state emergency officials who faced record floods this summer are now scrambling to boost their ranks with more workers to help residents recover and rebuild their communities. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency plans to hire 17 new employees in the coming months,...

Nebraskan restores Model A, finds out it can't be licensed

Sep. 7, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

WAHOO, Neb. (AP) — All Lane Nelson wants is a $14 certificate of title for a restored Model A, a car that's been in his family since 1930. But instead, he's gotten an unsuccessful trip through state bureaucracy, even after taking his case to the state's top official, Gov. Pete Ricketts. Nelson hasn't yet...

Vietnamese leader to visit Nebraska after Ricketts meeting

Sep. 6, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Vietnam's prime minister has agreed to visit Nebraska to learn more about the state's farms and food processing after meeting with Gov. Pete Ricketts. Ricketts met Friday with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to promote Nebraska's agricultural products and investment opportunities. The...