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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Ricketts Makes Campaign Stop in Nebraska City

  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts visited Nebraska City on March 31 for a lunch gathering at Valentino’s.
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  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts visited Nebraska City on March 31 for a lunch gathering at Valentino’s.
    Ricketts met with Nebraska City residents and took questions after giving a short speech about his platform.
    “The number one issue I hear about from people is property taxes,” said Ricketts. “Decreasing property taxes and income taxes is important to getting people to invest in Nebraska.”
    Ricketts said that the state government should focus on spending less money and using technology in a better way to make running operations more efficient.
    “We need to leverage technology to help us manage organizations better,” said Ricketts after being asked to explain how the state would handle losing revenue if taxes were cut.
    Ricketts will be facing five other candidates in the primary election, including Jon Bruning, Tom Carlson, Beau McCoy, Mike Foley and Bryan Slone.
    “What Nebraska needs is a real world conservative who has a proven track record of success in the private sector,” said Ricketts. “I’m the only candidate in the race that meets that qualification.” 
    Ricketts also answered questions about his view towards abortion.
    “I believe life begins at conception,” said Ricketts. “It’s illegal for us to outlaw abortion, but we don’t have to treat it equally. I don’t want to fund Planned Parenthood.”
    When asked about how young mothers would receive care without Planned Parenthood, Ricketts said that he planned to reward health organizations that didn’t perform abortions.

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