NORFOLK – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts continued his ‘Stop 30×30’ series with a visit to northeast Nebraska in early June.
After visiting Clay Center earlier in the day on Thursday, June 3, Governor Ricketts was at Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk Thursday afternoon.
Governor Ricketts said his office plans on educating Nebraskans on how this would impact the state as 97% of Nebraska is privately owned.
“Our question to the Biden Administration is are they going to confiscate land to get the 30%,” said Ricketts. “Certainly, at the end of the day, with this all being said it will increase the property taxes for the people whose land is not being restricted in this way. So, we’re really asking the Biden Administration for more information on this.”
30 x 30 is a goal set by President Joe Biden to permanently protect in its natural state 30 percent of the nation’s land and waters by 2030.
At the town halls, Governor Ricketts and others will deliver remarks about the 30 x 30 plan and how Nebraskans can push back on President Biden’s radical climate agenda.
Other upcoming ‘Stop 30×30’ Town Halls will be held on Monday, June 7 in Wahoo from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Saunders County Fairgrounds (4-H Building, 635 East 1st St.) and in Broken Bow from 1 – 2 p.m. at the One Box Convention Center (2750 South 27th St.).
Rickets also highlighted the historic legislative session which kept the growth of the budget to 2.4%.
“What was really historic is was what the legislature did with regards to tax relief,” Ricketts added. “Over $1.8 Billion of tax relief to Nebraskans over the next two years. That’s the greatest amount of tax relief any legislature has delivered in at least a quarter century and likely the largest amount in the history of the state of Nebraska.”
This represents an average of 18.5% of the state budget going towards tax relief with the vast majority being property tax relief.
The office of Governor Ricketts also did a lot of work in communicating with Nebraskans during the pandemic. Now, he mentioned they’ll continue to educate everyone about the vaccines and really want people to get vaccinated.
“It is something that will help protect you and your families,” Ricketts mentioned. “It is one of the reasons our hospitalizations are at the lowest levels since we’ve been keeping track (69 as of June 2) with regard to coronavirus patients. We’ve seen the spread really decrease and we know vaccines work.”
More information about the opposition to 30×30 can be found at www.Governor.Nebraska.gov.