Two Siouxland Governors to deliver State of State speeches
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -
The Governors of Iowa and Nebraska will deliver their State of the State speeches Tuesday.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is expected to outline plans for education changes and tax cuts in the annual Condition of the State speech. Branstad will give the speech Tuesday morning to a joint session of the Legislature, which began work Monday. The Republican governor already has proposed increasing teacher salaries as part of an education reform plan, and he could offer more details in Tuesday's speech. Branstad also will likely outline his plans to reduce commercial property taxes. That has been one of Branstad's priorities since being elected in 2010, but his previous efforts have stalled in the Legislature. Unlike in the past few years, lawmakers this session have the luxury of a budget surplus, estimated at nearly $1 billion.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is expected to call for an increase in state aid for the University of Nebraska and tax reform proposals in his yearly address to lawmakers. Heineman will deliver his State of the State address at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Capitol. The Republican governor will call for an increase in state aid to pay for a tuition freeze at the University of Nebraska and the state's three public colleges. He also is expected to unveil tax reform proposals.
Heineman will then embark on a press tour that includes stops in Lincoln, North Platte, Kearney, Grand Island and Norfolk. Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy will travel to Hastings, McCook, Sidney, Scottsbluff and Alliance. On Wednesday, Sheehy will visit Chadron, South Sioux City, Falls City and Beatrice.
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