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-- my next -- balance his budget without hiking taxes.
And is taking that message to Washington Nebraska's Republican governor Dave -- joins me now.
I bodily begin serving as chairman of the National Governors Association this week it all right governor high and I and -- diagonal from boulder -- this pains and you say this.
To a guy from Lincoln Nebraska.
Because boulders all of the Colorado buffaloes -- a a Nebraska Cornhuskers congratulations.
How did you do it -- to balance the budget without raising taxes.
Well first of all congratulations -- Chris go big red -- become a core -- never the bottom line is here's what we've done in Nebraska.
We've lowered taxes we've controlled -- spending we invested our most important priorities education and jobs.
In the end result is a four point 1% unemployment rate the -- a loss in America.
We've got to put America back to work we've got to grow our economy soul of America had a 4% unemployment rate like our state think about how much better off we being.
Will you pass legislation that included revenue increase lies.
Explain that's everybody because obviously looking at tax is not going up he was still able to raise revenue in some form -- fashion.
Well you raise revenue by spurring economic growth and that's where taxes -- the play.
And is bad economic policy to raise taxes particularly in the current environment there were -- And so I would share were there -- control your spending.
You've got to invest in the top priorities putting putting your.
People back to work we've the reformed our economic incentive laws so that again we're trying to attract more business -- the state.
We've diversified our economy all those things work.
Every state as a unique set of challenges and certainly at the federal government level those challenges are -- heightened.
Can you are planned in the way you really doing -- Nebraska worked in other states troubled states for example like Illinois California or at the federal level.
I believe again.
Now I'd take stymied -- that you take the federal level right now you can't -- the budget overnight but they knew it needed a constitutional amendment.
That requires that 43 states -- that requirement it helps governors secondly in Washington DC let me just put it justice -- In the program scheduled to go up 8% but it only goes up 6% they think that's a cut.
In my book that's -- 6% growth slow the growth of federal spending.
Hold the line on taxes reduce the regulatory burden provide certainty to businesses and we can grow this federal economy and America's economy.
Live real quickly taken over the governor's association you've got a meeting in Salt Lake City this weekend -- -- will you formulate a 88 -- With the other governors to say this is what we're taking to Washington can you do that.
A bipartisan level.
Well I hope we can -- my initiative is the chair -- the National Governors Association.
Is gonna lead to focus on state economies and how we grow the economy at the state level focus on stayed.
Ideas that we can do.
Now many of those are applicable to the federal -- I'm gonna continue to work on a bipartisan basis with all the governors and hopefully we can give helpful -- to the federal -- Well we know that -- states out there that are -- pretty desperate shape Nebraska not being one of them.
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