By: Logan Thomas
Everyone knows that there has been an extremely intense race for the chance to become the 2018 Boys’ State governor. This race picked up significantly on Thursday when all of the candidates for each party gathered and tried to win the vote of their fellow party members. Each candidate was given the opportunity to deliver an opening statement for one minute. Following this, the candidates moved from town to town for a three minute Q and A session. After this, the candidates were allowed to ask one other candidate a question on stage. The party meetings were ended with a short closing statement from each candidate. Following a short joint session with Girls’ State, each of the towns raced back to Harper Hall in order to cast their ballots in the hopes of being the home of the future Boys’ State governor.
By: Michael Steele
Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley started his career in Nebraskan Politics running for Senator. Eighteen years later, he is now our state’s Lt. Governor. During the 2018 Boys’ and Girls’ State Lt. Governor Foley came to discuss some of the more pressing issues in today’s government. He opened with discussing some of the recent accomplishments of the Nebraskan Unicameral, some of which were international trade talks for Nebraska agriculture products such as beef and works on a successful budget.
One of the noteworthy facts about this new budget is how comparable it is to those drafted by Boys’ Staters. All week the main solution given out by campers was to lower and raise different taxes, but what Lt. Governor Foley told the attentive listeners was the cutting of funds instead of raising taxes.
During questions, campers asked many of the issues discussed throughout the week. When the topic of Property Tax got brought up the Lt. Governor made it clear how those in Western and Central Nebraska, especially those affiliated with the agriculture business, need relief by having it lowered. The only thing in the way is the bickering within legislation in which a handful of senators can’t agree on one solution. He stressed how detrimental this is to the agriculture business in Rural Nebraska and Nebraska as a whole who rely on agriculture.
The hope is that those of you who are reading will be able to find the answer to this problem for Nebraska and can accomplish what politicians of today can’t.
Jane Kleeb of the Nebraska Democratic Party and Kenny Zoeller of the Nebraska Republican Party made presentations to Boys and Girls State. Following their remarks, they answered questions from the delegates. Each shared planks of their party’s platform and discussed the major issues of today.
Governor Ricketts took time out of his schedule to visit, one on one, with delegates at lunch.
The Thursday night talent show is always a hit at Boys State. Staters audition and are selected based on talent, entertainment value, and variety. This year, acts included piano, singing, magic, beatboxing, and an Elvis impersonation.