Jim Pillen on Budget & Economy



Agencies must focus on what is needed, not what is nice

I'm introducing a budget that restricts the growth of state spending to an annual average of just 1.3% over the biennium. With an inspirational systems approach of running agencies, we will improve services to Nebraskans and cut the cost of operations. We have asked agencies to tighten their belts and focus on what is needed, not what is nice. Needs are our focus, and we are leading by example. In the budget I'm presenting the Governor's Office will not see one penny more than the prior budget.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Nebraska legislature , Jan 25, 2023

Infrastructure needs are more important than ever before

Infrastructure needs for Nebraska are more important than ever before. To grow Nebraska, we must address roads and broadband. My budget includes $100 Million dollars to leverage an additional $400 Million in federal funds to improve our bridges and roads. Our team has also created the Nebraska Broadband Office. We have to get broadband across Nebraska completed. It will be the sole focus of the Nebraska Broadband Office.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Nebraska legislature , Jan 25, 2023

Say "no" to excessive government spending

An issue at the forefront of Nebraskans' minds is that of exorbitant property taxes that are burdening voters. Sen. Blood has said that she believes the solution to this problem is actually pretty simple. "We have to do two things; first, we have to fully fund our public schools, and second, we have to stop unfunded and underfunded mandates that are a burden on our local governments."

Pillen's views on the property tax solution oppose those of Sen. Blood, with Pillen saying that the new governor would have be willing to say "no" to excessive government spending. "I'm a believer that we can all be inspired, so that as Nebraskans we need to do a better job of inspiring each other and making sure that school boards, county governments and city governments; that we all look in the mirror and say that we can all make a difference on our tax problems."

Source: KPVI TV-6 (NBC) on 2022 Nebraska Gubernatorial race , Oct 17, 2022

Expand broadband access to every corner of our state

Nebraska is at a growth crossroads. We have an exciting opportunity to grow our state, our tax base and the opportunities for future generations. To harness our potential, we have to invest in statewide infrastructure. That means expanding broadband access to every corner of our state and improving roads in every direction.
Source: 2022 Nebraska Gubernatorial campaign website JimPillen.com , May 12, 2022

There is no room for wasteful government spending

There is no room for wasteful government spending when I am Governor. I fundamentally believe that people should keep more of the money they earn, and that the government isn't the answer to every problem. I know how hard families, farmers and small business owners work for every dollar they earn-and the government shouldn't take a single cent more than is needed.
Source: 2022 Nebraska Gubernatorial campaign website JimPillen.com , May 12, 2022

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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
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