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Candidates for U.S. Senate, Nebraska Governor meet in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, NE. (KTIV/US92) -

The Nebraska State Republican party held their central committee meeting Saturday afternoon in Norfolk, Nebraska.  The meeting also featured presentations from a number of candidates for various elected offices.

The six candidates vying to be the next governor discussed what they feel is the largest issue facing the Cornhusker State.

"The biggest thing I hear about is property taxes, if you look, last year property taxes went up almost 23% on ag land,” said Pete Ricketts.

"We have water issues in the state because agriculture is our number one industry and water is the life blood,” said Tom Carlson.

"Businesses take a look at us as a possible expansion site and they see how large our taxes are and say no thanks, we can't do business in Nebraska,” Mike Foley said.

"Well certainly we have too high of taxes in Nebraska, I think we all know that, that;s what I've focused on in my time in the legislature,” Beau McCoy added.

"The hundred year decline of small towns in our rural environments in terms of opportunity and economy, and how we can change that around, that is the issue,” stated Bryan Slone.

"We need to figure out how to lower the property tax burden on every homeowner in the state, so that's the enormous issue, another issue is the overreach of the federal government,” said Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.

Four of the five Republican candidates for U.S. Senate also spoke to the party faithful about issues facing lawmakers in Washington D.C.

"The thing on everybody's mind is Obamacare, to repeal Obamacare, get a system where we can choose our own doctors,” said Sid Dinsdale.

Shane Osborn added, "The out of control spending and debt, coupled with Obamacare, the overreach of government."

"We have $17 trillion in debt and we're running up deficit spending annually,” Bart McLeay said.

"We've got a bunch of people in Washington, in both parties, that aren't telling the truth about entitlement over promising they've made,” Ben Sasse added.

The fifth republican US Senate candidate, Fort Calhoun businessman Clifton Johnson, was unable to make Saturday's event.

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