tv Nebraska State of the State Address CSPAN January 18, 2020 12:41am-1:07am EST
>> president foley and speakers and members of the legislatur legislature, distinguished guests friends, fellow nebraskans good morning. congratulations on the commencement of the 106 nebraska legislature. i want to welcome each of you back and i look forward to working together to keep nebraska strong on what is known to be a fast pace from property tax relief we have several priorities and as we
enter this session our priorities in 2020 have been shaped by the events and circumstances our state has faced over the last year. as i have said before i believe 2019 will be remembered as nebraska's finest hour. [applause] when we were faced with the most widespread and costly natural disaster in state histor history, nebraskans responded with heroic grit and determination and resilience and generosity. for 318 days through december 19 nebraska had a flood watch warning or advisory somewhere in our state.
through it all nebraska show the world what it truly means to be nebraska strong. the rescue on - - nebraska not only rescued stranded neighbors donated hey, poured hot meals and raised money for those who lost everything. several of our hearing on - - our heroes a token of our appreciation. these men and women are ordinary nebraskans who recognize the need and took life-saving action. in many cases they did this not because it was their job but because they cared about their neighbors and community. and a sadly flooding claimed the lives of six nebraskans. one of those was james.
a farmer near columbus who sacrificed his life while volunteering to save a stranded motorist. local emergency responders asked for his help, james answered the call. he put on his boots, guided his tractor, and while driving his tractor to the rescue the bridge he traveled over could not withstand the powerful water and collapsed. god called james home earlier than any of us expected. he will forever be remembered for selflessness and heroism. his wife rachel and family are here with us today. please help me recognize them. [applause]
[applause] today want to recognize the amazing worker of the public servants of the state of nebraska. the unsung heroes working around the clock to organizing rescues, clearing roads in communities and during the flooding, members of the nebraska national guard drove nearly 45000 miles and put in 335 hours of flight time.
along the way they rescued 112 people, 66 of those rescues flew a helicopter hoist. and then to make more than 160 rescues from the floods in march. rescues were made using armored vehicles, boats, and a helicopter to reach people in danger and bring them to safety. in july when another round struck central nebraska the nebraska state patrol was among the first on the ground to help. troopers worked side-by-side with current police officers and others to evacuate hundreds of people from businesses and hotels in kearny. with the department of transportation sacrificing countless hours to keep people
safe. escaping floodwaters when he turned around to go back and assist the nebraska state trooper who got stranded behind him. since the flood the agency has helped to rebuild the state by reopening and repairing 3300 miles of state highway and 27 bridges. and finally i want to recognize the teams of the emergency management agency to help respond to calls across the state directed resources and ran joint information center among other countless duties. they are among the best of their peers in the nation. please help me recognize from the national guard and state patrol and those who are seated here today.
[applause] [applause] >> before i elaborate on the state of the state i want to honor the state patrol trooper smith who lost his life in a tragic crash last year. the first trooper we have lost in the line of duty in the last 20 years. from war-torn iraq to the highways and byways of nebraska, trooper smith life
was distinguished by service rooted in his deep love of famil family, community, state and country. all his family was not able to be here today please help me to recognize the sacrifice and bravery of all the great men and women who serve in law enforcement agencies. [applause] >> even though the floodwaters subsided and we started to rebuild the events of last year compounded the challenges for our state's number one
industry. in addition to flooding, we experienced several other major events, a fire in a meat processing plant that hit the ranch families hard and then from eastern wyoming threatening her industries and hundreds of farm operations. shifting our focus to diversify markets for the ag producers. and our continued battle for those fuel standards as a typical year for corn growers. and to power through these tough times each of us had a duty for the farm and ranch families. even with these challenge
challenges, nebraska has been able to achieve several significant milestones the last 12 months. in spite of unprecedented flooding and unforeseen challenges i'm happy to report the state of the state is strong and resilient and growing. [applause] >> in 2019 nebraska outpaced the national rate for growth. in march nebraska marked the first month of her that 1 million unique individuals have been employed in our state. in october, over 15000 new jobs were added which is the fastest year-over-year growth since 2015. we've been working hard and over the past year to use the four pillars of prosperity to deliver on our mission to make
it more effective and more efficient. we have conducted numerous nebraskans with jobs and opportunities. and to create a new initiative program. we continue to lead - - you run the government like a business. and to spotlight the great work of the center of operational excellence to put customers first, cut weight time and eliminate waste. together we increase the refund at $275 million annually. are almost double before we took office.
with the trade missions of mexico vietnam and germany to recruit new investment to the state. these tragedies bring great opportunity that companies such as cosco, google, facebook have invested in our state. fit these investments help us create our third consecutive governors cap for most investments per capita for any state in the nation. so then i went to take a moment to make a special announcement. nebraska isn't just a leader of opportunity but also you may have noticed my wife is not here with us today. she is in seattle with the
family programs accepting the foundation jim casey building communities of hope award on behalf of our great state. [applause] nebraska is receiving this national award because of the incredible work public and private agencies have been doing to bring up the nebraska initiative. helping to produce better outcomes for our children, thanks in part to the number of children in need of foster care increased 18 percent helping to keep more children and families together. [applause] please help me to think the nebraska children and family foundation and all partners
who helped to bring up nebraska and our kids and our families. [applause] so now let's turn to the legislative session. it is a short eight months ago to collaborate together on a two-year budget that set priorities for this year and next. with the exception of a couple of emerging priorities i expect agencies and our partners to manage within the two-year budget. not including property tax relief the budget i present today control spending to limit budget growth to about two.9 percent. a strong finish to last year help us to build our cash reserve and creates the opportunity to work on key priorities for the people in
nebraska. the forecasting board waived by $266 million over current and upcoming fiscal year combined. so i have four major priorities i'm presenting to you today. first, property tax relief. it remains the top priority for the people in nebraska and its my number one priority. last year we successfully increase the property tax refund from the state by over 20 percent. this was a step in the right direction but more must be done. today i am recommending roughly $500 million of property tax relief over the next three years to help farmers, ranchers, and businesses. i will be working closely with the senator and the committee
to direct the relief in a way to make a difference on local property tax bills that nebraskans spend. [applause] and as we work together to have frequent rules that i follow, no tax increases, protecting the property tax credit refund and encourage spending restraint in local government. just like we're doing here today. we need local spending we straight - - restraint because local governments raised property taxes 54 percent while inflation has only grown at 17 percent. so flood relief communities have a long way to go. the federal government will step up to provide significant
support but the state must do our part as well. eighty-four counties and five tribal nations have over $400 million of disaster relief projects to the fema agency. my recommendation is $50 million to invest in these projects and another nine.2 million dollars to aid counties impacted by the disaster i have also recommended a $3 million to maintain an adequate balance and the surplus fund so the state can address the future. third we need to do more as veterans continue to contribute to our economy and is the only state in the region whose population is declining because we tax retirement benefits.
you voted 46 / nothing this week. thank you for advancing the bill to encourage you to help us retain veterans. [applause] fourth, workforce and business expansion. and with the public and private sector, connecting the next generation to great opportunity in the state is key to helping kids make nebraska their home. i am proposing we invest $16 million in scholarships for students and community colleges in state colleges and universities to help correct the next generation of nebraskans with fields ranging from math and engineering to healthcare.
i also want to acknowledge the university of nebraska who has joined us here today as you lay out your vision. [applause] [applause] my recommendation also includes funding for business investment and it is critical that the incentives are dealt with in this legislative session so as it compares nationally to improve job opportunities. and finally on the topic of
workforce i am recommending $8 million to attract or retain quality to the department of corrections a new agreement recently reached for the officer union. and then to look at the agency and what we need to do to keep our people safe. property tax relief and flood relief growing people and businesses are the four ways we can keep nebraska strong and growing. i know that there will be long days and long nights and the unpredictable journey ahead. but also the senators and legislators that gather here today to get the job done when everyone works together and roll up their sleeves. before i close i want to recognize the state senators
each of these individuals over the last seven years to serving their district and our state. chambers, crawford, and especially jim scheer who has provided tremendous leadership as the speaker of the legislature please stand and be recognized. thank you for your service. [applause] [applause] this year also marks an important milestone. it is that our 100th anniversary of women suffrage.
so i know working with the legislators the delegation that was sent that i want to recognize those who stepped up to serve our state. please stand and be recognized. [applause] [applause] and all the people of nebraska and with cooperation for each of us to do our part to keep nebraska strong. i look forward to the days ahead. god bless you and god bless the great state of nebraska. thank you.
[applause] >> senators i attended the senate for the purpose to join with you for the trial of the president of the united states. i am now prepared to take the oath. >> place your left hand on the bible and raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear as all things pertaining to the trial of donald john trott president of the united states now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the constitution and the laws so help you god? >> i do. >> thank you very much. at this time i will administer the oath to all senators in the chamber in conformance with the constitution and the
senate impeachment rules. all senators now stand and remain standing and raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that in all things pertaining to the trial of impeachment of donald john trott now pending you will do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws so hope you god? spent the third time in history a president is on trial in the senate. to make lieutenant governor oliver, majority leader's and minority