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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts 

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Gov. Pete Ricketts and a number of other Republican state officials lined up Thursday in support of GOP congressional tax reform legislation while saluting President Donald Trump for leadership on the issue.

"I applaud the president and congressional leadership for making tax reform a top priority this year," Ricketts said.

"Providing relief will put more money back into the pockets of hard-working families and unleash economic growth in communities across our nation."

Lt. Gov. Mike Foley said Trump is "following through on his commitment to help grow America's middle class with federal tax reform."

The Republican plan would "provide a significant reduction in the tax burden for the average family and substantially streamline the filing process," Foley said.

State Auditor Charlie Janssen said "fairness and simplicity" are hallmarks of good tax policy. 

"President Trump's tax reform efforts seek to simplify the tax code and provide relief to families and job creators across the nation," he said. 

Also joining in the statement of support for tax reform were Sens. Jim Smith of Papillion and Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, both members of the nonpartisan Legislature who are registered Republicans.

"Tax reform is essential to returning jobs to the U.S. and to helping our employers create more opportunities at home," said Smith, who is chairman of the Legislature's Revenue Committee.

"The lower rates and higher standard deductions will greatly benefit large numbers of our middle-class taxpayers and ag producers," said Brasch, chairwoman of the Legislature's Agriculture Committee. 

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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