Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Square off in Norfolk Debate
NORFOLK - The six Republican candidates for the office of governor squared off in a debate held in Norfolk Wednesday night.
The candidates answered a wide range of questions. State Senators Beau McCoy and Tom Carlson discussed keeping the next generation engaged in agriculture.
McCoy: "Perhaps the second most important behind property taxes, get rid of the inheritance tax because if you're going to pass your operation along, it becomes very difficult to do that."
Carlson: "It is so important that we manage our water resource, which is so vital to the state of Nebraska, and manage it in a good way."
Attorney General Jon Bruning and Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts discussed the need for tax reform.
Bruning: "Cutting taxes ends up making a rising tide that will lift all boats. So we have a great state, so much to be proud of, but we can do better."
Ricketts: "This is where my business experience is so important, because to have sustainable tax relief, we have to cut the cost of government and slow down the growth of state government."
Current State Auditor Mike Foley and Omaha Tax Attorney Brian Slone outlined what their respective first priorities would be if elected.
Foley: "Job one is going to be to reform our Health and Human Services agency, that's one third of our state budget. "
Slone: "Number one issue that I'll focus on, and thanks for the question, is leadership. The type of leadership to unify this state, I mean unify this state."
The Republican primary election is scheduled for May 13th. The winner of that primary will face off with Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons, the lone Democrat seeking the office in the November general election.