Governor Ricketts addresses the state about his four priorities for this year

Governor Pete Ricketts addresses the public at the North Platte Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon as part of his state of the state address. (Source: Holly Barraclough, KNOP TV)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) Governor Ricketts addressed Nebraska about issues the state is overcoming from last year and what he plans to work on this year.

Wednesday he started in Lincoln, next Grand Island and then to The North Platte Regional Airport's conference room Wednesday afternoon.

There are four items Ricketts said he's going to address for Nebraska this year which include: property tax relief, flood relief, retaining our veterans and workforce and business expansion.

"I have is four priorities, four major priorities, that I presented to the legislature this morning," said Ricketts, "The first is property tax. Property tax relief continues to be the number one issue people talk to me about no matter where I go in the state."

He said he presented a recommendation to the legislature, Wednesday, that will have 500 million dollars in property tax relief over the next 3 years.

"That is $500 million I’m working on with Senator Lou Ann Linehan who is chair of the revenue committee," said Ricketts.

In addition to his four priorities, he commented on how phase one of the trade deal with China will affect Nebraskans.

"China has been one of our largest trade partners and we thank the Trump administration for getting phase one done," said Ricketts, "It means that more agricultural products, which is going to be important to Nebraska, are going to be purchased by China, now we just need to follow up on all the other things China needs to do with regard to intellectual property and so forth to make sure that we have a fair trade agreement with China."

After visiting with North Platte, the governor went on to Scottsbluff and will continue addressing more of the state Thursday.