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Nebraska is the place for business

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dear Fellow Nebraskans:

Our state is receiving national attention for the sound and responsible fiscal policies that have put Nebraska in better shape than most of America. Our numbers and rankings are a strong indication that Nebraska is on the move.

It is no longer a secret that Nebraska is one of the best places for new and expanding businesses to locate. According to the Tax Foundation, the best state for new business relative to taxes and regulations is Nebraska. For existing businesses, Nebraska is ninth. Many companies in the United States and around the world have discovered that Nebraska offers the ideal location, a quality workforce, and a positive economic environment for a wide variety of industries and business opportunities.

Nebraska has the second lowest unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, compared to the national average at 8.2 percent. Our focus on tax reform, infrastructure improvement, innovation and entrepreneurship is paying off, but we also know we have more work to do. Transportation, communication and business operations have changed where and how business is done around the world and technology has made the impossible possible.

Besides the Tax Foundation, Nebraska has been recognized by CNBC as one of America's Top 10 Best States for Business. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce new national economic study ranked Nebraska sixth for tax and regulatory climate and 12th for overall economic performance. Additionally, Nebraska ranked seventh among the fastest growing states for science, technology, engineering and math jobs from 2009-2011. According to Forbes, Nebraska is the eighth best state for business and careers.

There are many reasons for Nebraska's success. We've modernized our economic incentive programs -- The Nebraska Advantage. We've lowered taxes. We've controlled spending and we've invested in education and jobs.

The Nebraska Advantage was designed to spotlight the state as a preferred location for starting and growing businesses, and it's working. A recap shows that 294 applications were filed from 2006 through this past May. These companies will be investing $7.6 billion in our economy and creating approximately 20,000 new jobs. An industry-by-industry view reveals that 35 were bio-medical or renewable fuels projects, 65 were telecommunications or other services projects, 156 were manufacturing or processing, and 38 were financial or insurance services. These projects are all across Nebraska.

I am very proud that our business friendly policies have resulted in Nebraska's population growth exceeding the national average two of the last three years -- that's not easy to do when you are a state without oceans, mountains, or a warm climate year around. The bottom line is Nebraska has good jobs, good schools, safe communities, affordable homes and unmatched quality of life.

Nebraska is on the move and we want to continue this momentum ensuring we do even better in the future.

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Governor Dave, The Tax foundation was founded during the great depression, Which if you remember FDR introduced "The New Deal" which ushered in Social Security, Gasp! That's that socialist welfare program you hate!

What's a governor to do with unemployment numbers stagnant? Isn't there a red phone to pick up and have them fix all your problems.

PS, What businesses have you gotten here in this state, since you been elected? I can't think of one, I am sure out in Cherry county it is bustling with commerce, with that new 4 lane interstate going through it's been just going crazy!

-- Posted by Jody P. on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 8:41 PM

Governor Heineman

Do you think the Federal Government Funds (nearly a third of the state budget at $2.6 billion) has anything to do with your ability to enact tax cuts at the state level?

Do you think the fact that Nebraska receives $1.10 in Federal Funds for each $1.00 paid in Federal Taxes has anything to do with your ability to enact tax cuts at the state level?

Then we have nearly a billion dollars a year of Federal Funds being utilized to subsidize the Agriculture Industry in Nebraska. Do you think these Federal Funds have anything to do with your ability to enact tax cuts at the state level?

Without a continual stream of Federal Funds your boasting of tax cuts and opportunities would come to an abrupt halt.

When can we expect you to have the Health Insurance Pools up and running? It is time to quit spending state tax dollars trying to defeat the Affordable Care Act - it is now the law of the land and should be treated with the same respect as any other law.


-- Posted by Geezer on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 3:34 PM

Sometimes it's more the city where your try to start a business other than the state. If McCook doesn't approve your business, you won't get one started. They want to make sure their "friends" don't have any competition.

-- Posted by edbru on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 3:04 PM

@ ed

The drought........... the City of McCook is to blame, a bird flu pandemic, City of McCook, the dropping value of the American Dollar.... DANG THAT CITY OF MCCOOK! ed, what makes you think that McCook ISN'T part of the the state's economic solid stature? I can think of 6 businesses that have opened in McCook over the last year and a half, that isn't linked with any of your tax money. Surprisingly, three were opened by entrepreneurs 'in the age bracket less than 30 years old. So YES, McCook can harbor new business, and furthermore, not ALL of McCook's youth is picking up and leaving for bigger and better things.

I was just talking to my 15 year old daughter yesterday, she tells me that many of her acquaintances are just desperate to leave McCook.... and yet, they are still here. I told her that it's important to get away from your comfort zone, it will help you see what the rest of the world is about and allow you to make educated decisions as to where you wish to conduct the rest of your life. I have lived in Lincoln, Omaha, Chicago, Boston and New York City and shockingly, of all those places I've lived, I find myself calling McCook home. I came back to raise my family and earn my living. The difference between myself and some others is simply this.... I'm neither afraid to, nor too lazy to change my situation to improve the life for myself and my family. When I found that the large East Coast cities were too expensive and impersonal to raise my family, I moved back. When I found that living in a city as small Lincoln, resulted in a 45 minute commute to work, not to mention time involved with dropping the kids off at daycare and or school..... I moved back.

In short, McCook has proven to be conscientious in regard to expansion and infrastructure, the community is one of the most pleasant I've been in, it's clean and has most of the amenities that larger places have, solid schools, eating establishments, entertainment, recreational activities, medical, shopping, repair shops.... the list goes on AND, might I mention that 22 years ago while living in Lincoln, I paid $650.00 a month to rent an apartment, in New York City, 20 years ago, I was paying $500.00 a month for a studio apartment that measured 8 foot wide and 10 foot long, with an attached bathroom with enough room for a stool and a tub only not to mention a great view of other building's rooftops loaded with trash bags, and here in McCook, today, I am spending a mere $680.00 per month on a home mortgage. Are the costs of living in McCook outrageous? I submit to you that they are not.... and this is coming from someone that has been around to see what the country offers.... and CHOSE to come back to McCook.

Every time you have the opportunity to slam McCook, you are right on it, then there are those times that you DON'T have the opportunity to slam McCook, but you do it anyway, out of context and, so far as I can tell, with little proof to back up your distaste for the community.

I say to you ed..... Go out and see the world, live in a few places and see what makes different communities tick. Hob-nob with the people and see how they react. You have options, if you don't like the food at a restaurant, do you continue to frequent it and complain about it, or do you go to another establishment?

The point I am attempting to make here ed, is that the picture you paint of McCook is dismal, and you somehow feel that by distributing this picture, you are helping McCook. I offer this outside observation for you to ponder. How is complaining, improving anything? Have your words changed anything that the City and County government do? It appears that all you do, is make McCook look like the worse place in the world to live and conduct business. The term for that is "Dismal Shepard" Who are you trying to lead and to what end? Is there a more proactive and fruitful way to exert your efforts or is this about it?

Just curious to know what you are hoping to achieve through your negativity.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 6:53 PM

Just here over 2 years and have found that most of the people I see face to face are the nicest of people and genuine as well. I began reading this website and I am shocked over how many not nice people there are here. I have to agree with Nick, negativity solves nothing.

-- Posted by Sandra M on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 7:37 PM

while negativity solves nothing optomism that is just empty pats on the back doesn't do much ether. atleast edbru is helping other people see what needs to be fixed. nick you just keep saying how great mccook is and with that mind then there doesn't need to be any thing to improve. who's worse? someone that is negative but wants better or someone who says nothing needs to improve?

-- Posted by BTWinecleff on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 9:38 PM

Unbelievably, that almost makes sense BTW. Except I don't JUST sit back and offer kudos, I get involved...... at different levels.

Thanks for your input though.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 10:29 PM

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