Nebraska Cattlemen Leadership Comment on Ricketts State of the State Address

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Today, Governor Ricketts delivered his 8th and final State of the State address. During his comments, the Governor celebrated how “the 2021 session ushered in a historic level of tax relief” that will deliver $2 billion in relief to Nebraskans over the next two years. Additionally, the Governor gave high praise for the passage and implementation of the Nebraska Rural Broadband Bridge Act. He noted that an additional thirty thousand Nebraska households will have access to high-speed broadband because of the effort.

“Nebraska Cattlemen is grateful for the collaboration between the Ricketts administration, senators, our membership, and others to have made these monumental changes a reality in 2021.” said Brenda Masek, President, Nebraska Cattlemen. “Property tax relief and reform remains a priority for Nebraska Cattlemen members.”

Governor Ricketts highlighted initiatives his administration plans to address during the remainder of the 107th legislative session. He focused on property tax relief and reform, beginning with work to build upon the historic levels of property tax relief by ensuring the annual amount of property tax relief available through the Refundable Income Tax Credit remains at least $548 million per year.

Nebraska Cattlemen is also very appreciative of the commitment by Governor Ricketts to invest in meat processing capacity throughout Nebraska. During his remarks, Governor Ricketts emphasized the importance of investment in shovel-ready projects which have been delayed by the pandemic, like Sustainable Beef, LLC in North Platte, Nebraska. Governor Ricketts doubled down on processing capacity investments by allocating funds for grants to small and medium-sized meat processors in his American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 proposal.

“The events of the past couple of years have highlighted the fragility of the beef supply chain, especially at the packer/processor level. In the wake of COVID-19 related plant slowdowns and closures, in addition to other black swan events, Nebraska’s cattle producers are grateful for additional resources to bolster continuity and security in the beef supply chain.” Brenda Masek stated.

Nebraska Cattlemen leadership and staff looks forward to working with the Governor to make these positive proposals a reality.

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