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After more than three years in office and four legislative sessions under his belt, Gov. Pete Ricketts says he believes the state is on course now to rein in the cost of government while growing Nebraska economically.

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Gov. Pete Ricketts on Wednesday saluted the Legislature for "working together in collaboration" with his office and the executive branch of state government as it concluded its 2018 session.

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On this year's deadline day for filing federal income tax returns, Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday signed into law a bill that he said will protect Nebraska taxpayers from an inadvertent increase of nearly $200 million in state income taxes.

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With a late fundraising start, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist lagged far behind Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts in this week's campaign finance reports filed with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.

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The Legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill designed to protect Nebraskans from an estimated $226 million in state income tax increases that could result from recent federal tax reform.

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State senators will have until April 23 to decide whether to summon themselves into special session to make a last-ditch effort to enact property tax relief.

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In an email to students, faculty and staff, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds said Tuesday the university will manage a reduction in state aid next year without resorting to additional tuition increases.

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A proposal clearing the path for driverless vehicles to operate in Nebraska motored through a filibuster Monday and sailed past first-stage floor consideration as the Legislature entered the final lap of its 2018 session.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist zeroed in on Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts on Saturday, telling a Democratic audience that the governor's "failure to work with the Legislature" has stood in the path of property tax reduction legislation.

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With the Legislature divided and on course to taking no action on property tax reform, Speaker Jim Scheer on Friday scheduled an extraordinary Saturday morning meeting with sponsors of competing bills in a final effort to obtain agreement on a plan before the 2018 session adjourns.