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>> so now we have a decision to make. how do we generate sufficient revenues to maintain and keep safe roads and bridges that are our economic lifeline and not place an undue burden among the working people of this state? both joe and i have offered a recommendation. there's no reason we cannot balance and increase in fuel tax if there is one with an equal and sufficient tax reduction. this tax cut does not need to apply to large corporations, they are and have been receiving the reduction in fuel costs for some time now. it is the working families of mississippi i am concerned about. now i have full confidence in your ability to find common ground. i will work with your leadership to help do so for this session's end.
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we would be remiss if i did not mention the 11 people in north mississippi, the 11 mississippians who lost their lives in the tornadoes of december 23rd. our prayers are with those affected by those terrible storms that struck just two days before christmas. i have directed the mississippi emergency management agency to help those that are still in need. i am grateful to the federal emergency management agency for its quick action in declaring the affected counties of federal disaster area. i also sincerely am thankful to the churches and volunteer organizations that have provided aid and comfort and are doing so as we speak.
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we should be grateful to them all. [ applause ] >> thank you to all the working hard tonight. they help those who have suffered so much. god bless you-all. in closing, i encourage us all to reflect upon the words of king solomon and his prayer. the wisest kick of antiquity wrote, i am but a little child. i do not know how to come out or go in. give your servant, oh lord, an understanding mind to govern your people that i might discern between good and evil.
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may we all have such a prayer in our hearts as we move forward together. thank you and god bless you. god bless mississippi and god bless these united states of america. [ applause ] the first presidential primary is tomorrow in new hampshire, and candidates are encouraging voters to get to the polls tomorrow. democratic candidate presidential candidate vermont senator bernie sanders will be in durham, new hampshire. c-span3, live at 6:30 eastern as republican presidential candidate, florida senator marco rubio, holds a campaign event at nashua community college in new hampshire.
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c-span's campaign 2016 is taking you on the road to the white house. >> let's go win the nomination, thank you all. >> thank you and god bless you! >> in iowa c-span brought to you candidate speeches. >> thank you all very much. >> thank you, folks. >> meet and greets, town halls, and live caucus coverage. this week, c-span is on the ground new hampshire following candidates leading up to the nurse first in the nation primary, tuesday, 8:00 p.m. eastern, c-span, c-span radio, utah governor gary herbert delivered his annual state of the state address in january at the state capitol in salt lake city. he asked legislators to focus their upcoming law making session on reducing the number of regulations affecting utah businesses. investing in schools and boosting state's business climate. this is half an hour. >> all rise.
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the honorable gary r. herbert, governor of the great state of utah, and first lady jeanette herbert, followed by spencer cox, our lieutenant governor, and his wife abby. [ applause ] [ applause ] [ applause ]
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[ applause ] >> governor, welcome to the joint conference. >> well, thank you very much. it's always an honor to be with you here at this special occasion. president niederhauser, speaker ewes, members of the legislature, attorney general sean reyes, auditor dugal, justices of the utah supreme court, lieutenant governor and mrs. cox and utah's first lady,
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my wonderful wife, jeanette. my fellow utahns, the utah we know and love today stands on higher ground because of the many sacrifices of utahans who have gone before us. let me begin this evening by acknowledging two of these giants who left us this past year. former governors norm bangerter and arlene walker. among governor bangerter's many achievements, he deserves great credit foreign creasing education funning and improving government efficiency in a time of economic uncertainty. governor bangerter was a down to earth leader who liked to say he was just an old farmer and carpenter from granger who happened to be governor. we all saw so much more in norm bangerter. he was a true leader who had the courage to stand up for what he believed. he knew how to partner with the legislature to solve the critical issues of the day. in short, norm offered utah what we need in this state, and that
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is the steady hand of leadership. governor walker was also a leader and a trail blazer. the first woman to hold utah's highest office. just as important, she was a tireless advocate for education who established early reading initiatives in our utah schools. as a state legislator she had the foresight to create utah's rainy day fund to help us prepare our state for the unforeseen events of the future. that rainy day fund now has $528 million in it. the largest amount in our state's history. and for establishing and prudently increasing the rainy day fund, both governor walker and everyone here in this body deserves a round of applause. [ applause ]
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this week we witnessed a remarkable outpouring of love and support for hometown hero officer doug barney, who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty. he was a husband, a father of three beautiful children, a dependable friend and brother, and an honorable public servant. in honor of him and others who have left and gone before, let us today commit ourselves as a state to show greater respect and appreciation for the men and women who willingly put themselves in harm's way to serve, protect, and defend utahe utahe utahe utahern -- utahans every single day. [ applause ]
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the question before us tonight is simple. what is the state of our state? and just as important, what are we going to do to make it even better? six years ago our state found itself in the most severe recession since the great depression. the unemployment rate at the time was 8%. each of us had family members and friends who struggled just to get by. our economy had been weakened, but we did not give up hope. together we set a goal to not only recover from the great recession but to become the top-performing economy in america. six short years later, our state economy has added 219,000 new jobs, with an unemployment rate dropping from 8% down to 3 1/2% today. in fact, in nine of the last 12 months utah had the highest job growth creation of any state in the nation.
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[ applause ] our economy is now the third most diverse. income inequality is low. our wage growth is up. and just this fall the state of utah was recognized as the most fundamentally sound economy in america. [ applause ] since i stood here one year ago, businesses across our state have now added approximately 40,000 new jobs. think about that for just a minute. some of you within the sound of my voice now the pain that comes from losing a job. 40,000 new jobs means new opportunities for 40,000 utahans. and this isn't just a statistic. we're talking about real people here. our neighbors, our friends, our family members. so what is the state of our
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state? the state of our state is strong and i think most of us would say the state of our state is outstanding. [ applause ] that being said, i believe i can do even better. a high quality of life should mean parents don't have to watch their children leave to go to another town or another state because there are no jobs available where they live. jeanette and i enjoy the singular blessing of having our 6 children and now 16 grandchildren all living here in utah within 30 minutes of our home. your children may not choose to stay here, but we need an economy strong enough that they always have the choice. unfortunately, this is not the case in some of the rural areas of our state. as we begin this session, i ask you in the legislature to focus on these communities with renewed determination and
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resolve. thanks to the leadership of senator ralph okerland, we now have new tools available in this battle. soon there will be another industrial development in iron county, roads to a potash mine in beaver county, and other critical infrastructure projects that will enable businesses to expand in rural utah like never before. while developing this kind of basic infrastructure is the proper role of government make no mistake, it is our small businesses and large businesses and the tens of thousands of hard-working productive utah workers who create utah's economic success and not the government. [ applause ] if we expect to make further progress in rural utah, it will take more entrepreneurs like roland christiansen. born and raised in fayette,
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utah, population, 245. in his lifetime, roland has developed 38 different patents and started 4 successful businesses. he has employed hundreds of people. and the place he chose to build those businesses is in his home town in san pete county. for those of you born and raised in rural utah, your home town needs you. to utahans everywhere, whether you live in blanning or bear river, perwan or plain city, i pledge to you tonight that we will not rest until all 29 counties and all 245 cities and towns in our state are full participants in utah's tremendous economic success. [ applause ] even in those areas where our states have abundant prosperity, we can still do better. recently i had the opportunity to visit with meloday trueblood,
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a young, single mother from ogden. as a child and now as an adult she has experienced constant economic struggles, homelessness, joblessness, and the feeling that life just isn't what it could or should be. during my visit with her she said something that has left an indelible impression upon me. she said, governor, a lot of brilliant minds are lost to poverty. in typical utah fashion, meloday decided she was going to do something about her situation. she enrolled in a paralegal program provided by weber state university. she began attending financial planning and budget classes. and because she lives in utah not only will she have a good education but there will be job opportunities for her once she graduates. as meloday has demonstrated, and as i believe, it is education, not entitlement that creates the opportunity for self-reliance. [ applause ]
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if you remember nothing else from my message this evening, remember this -- education is the most important investment we can make in utah's future. [ applause ] one of the defining moments in my time as governor came last year when we made one of the largest increases in education funding ever in utah's history. $512 million in all. as i go around the state, i am often thanks by teachers, principals, parents and others for this extraordinary investment in utah's future. members of the legislature, i recognize that you often don't get all the credit you deserve on this issue. i believe that needs to change.
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so tonight i want to be absolutely clear. on behalf of all 3 million utahans from across this state i'm here to deliver a message that is long overdue. thank you, members of the legislature, for investing in our future. [ applause ] with finite resources and hundreds of competing demands in last year's session, you made the tough decision that put utah's children first. together, we have invested over $1.3 billion of new money in education over the past four years, which is more money, by the way, committed to education than any other time in utah's history. our sustained, long-term investment in education is already producing positive results. for example, when i first came
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into office, one in every four utah high school students did not graduate. that was unacceptable to you and to me. step by step that number has improved. i'm pleased to report that utah's graduation rate has grown by nearly 10% and is now at 84%. [ applause ] that means 3,400 additional students now graduate each and every year from utah schools with increased opportunities like never before. now, 84% is a good number compared to other states, but i know that we can and we must in fact do better. tonight i am challenging teachers, parents, principals, school board members, and most importantly our students, to raise our graduation rate in this state to 90% in the next four years.
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[ applause ] we can do it. i pledge to you tonight that we will bring to bear the necessary resources, determination, and innovation to achieve this goal. members of the legislature, now is not the time to take our foot off the gas pedal. let us recommit tonight that we will work together to invest in our children and in our future. [ applause ] as one of the fastest-growing states in america, just a few months ago our state welcomed its 3 millionth resident. with our growing population, we must do all that we can to preserve our enviable quality of life, despite some of the challenges that we uniquely face. one example of the meaningful progress we have made to improve air quality, together we have reduced total emissions by
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approximately 35% over the past ten years. but the data means very little when the inversion sets in and those emissions hang in the valleys. there's important work yet to be done. one thing is for certain, environmental challenges won't be solved with hyperbole or misinformation. we must invest our limited resources in programs and technology that will actually work, not just rhetoric that ignores common sense. that's why i'm continuing to push for our refineries to produce much cleaner tier 3 fuel as soon as possible. this is one of the most effective steps we can take to improve air quality. i'm proud to announce that one of our refineries, tesoro, has already agreed to make this transition. i have personally met with every refinery in this state, and we expect others will work with us to fully bring tier 3 fuels to utah. we are currently enjoying a wet winter, but we know from history it may not always be that way.
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that's why my budget also calls for funds to help find long-term solutions to our water supply to accommodate future needs. we must make an individual and collective commitment to be good stewards of our land, of our air, and of our water. there's no state in america with as much natural beauty as our state and our combined efforts will ensure that utah's natural wonders can be enjoyed by generations to come. [ applause ] health care is another important issue. some continue to struggle with inadequate health care coverage because of the fundamentally flawed affordable care act, coupled with the u.s. supreme court decision. here in the state of utah we have worked together to try to find a solution. unfortunately, we have not yet
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succeeded in that effort. too often many of the problems created by the federal government are simply dumped at the feet of the states. we can speak out in defiance. we can choose to ignore them. or we can roll up our sleeves and work together to actually do something. my friends in the legislature, it's time to find a solution. this problem is not going to go away. this is too important of an issue to ignore. too many utahans work hard and still have no health care coverage. i will promise to you that i will work with you to continue providing constructive, practical solutions to every problem and every challenge that we face regardless of who created them. and i know that you want to do the same thing. no matter what issues we the people face, the states can and do find the best solutions. it's the states, not the federal government, that finds the best solutions. [ applause ]
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on this issue of health care let this be the session where utah leads the way in finding the right utah state solution. applause an we have seen that kind of innovation and success in areas of state government. for example, if we had simply added new employees over the last five years at the same rate as our growing population, we would have more than 2,200 additional full-time state employees today. instead, we have reduced the number of state employees by 11%, saving utah taxpayers over $177 million in 2015 alone. what does that improved efficiency mean in practical terms for everyday utah citizens? i'll tell you. it means that our tax burden is one of the lowest in the nation.
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it means improved efficiency. also means that you can now carry around your fishing or hunting license on your smartphone. it means that we can process fingerprints faster than ever before to get criminals off the streets and behind bars. and we have accomplished what many people would think is the impossible. we've actually reduced the average wait time down to four minutes at the dmv. [ applause ] four years ago my administration conducted an exhaustive regulation review process that has modified and eliminated 368 regulations. in addition, i have just completed a review of every executive order issued by a utah governor since statehood. tonight, i am pleased to announce that i will repeal 52 of these executive orders that are no longer necessary.
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in washington, d.c., we have a president who thinks it's okay to bypass congress and create laws by executive order. well, that's not the way we do it in utah. [ applause ] as governor, i will not issue executive orders to bypass you, the legislature, or the will of the people. here in utah, we believe in the rule of law and the three branches of government. [ applause ] to my friends in the legislature, i need your help. if we truly believe in limited government, now is the time to show it. i see that a large number of bills have been filed already and have been opened for this session. some say it might be a record number. most of those bills add a few
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lines to the state code to fix various issues. but tonight i'm calling on you to do something entirely different. i've instructed my cabinet to work with you to find areas of relevant state code that cannot only be updated and improved but, where possible, deleted altogether. [ applause ] let this be a session where we cut unnecessary red tape in government. let's shrink the size of the state code. please know that you have a willing partner in my administration to accomplish this laudable and much overdue goal. we cannot simply wait for the next xenafits or tesla to come along and conclude that many laws are onerous and unnecessary. we must streamline government today to allow the 21st century economy to continue growing uninhibited by outdated laws, rules, and regulations.
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while our economy may be tremendously strong today, there are in fact challenges on the horizon. the federal government still controls and mismanages too much of our back yard. and we live with the daily threat of a presidential monument declaration. i'm encouraged by the work of representative kevin stratton and others on this issue. i'm also an enthusiastic supporter of the public lands initiative by congressman rob bishop, congressman jason chaffetz, and senator mike lee. i believe these are critical steps to help resolve this long-standing conflict and improve our self-reliance. and of course self-reliance is not just an issue for our public lands. it should permeate everything it should permeate everything we do in state government, especially in our annual budget process. while a $528 million rainy day fund is extraordinary, there are other things we must do in order
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to preserve our state's unprecedented fiscal stability. first and foremost, my proposed budget calls for no new debt and no tax increases. in addition, it pays off $350 million in existing debt. bringing the total debt paid off by the state over the last five years to over $1.4 billion. we all know that being prepared for the future means being fiscally prudent. that's why when measured on a per capita basis, it is good news to know that utah spends the fewest federal dollars of all the 50 states. these are just some of the reasons why just this past month we have once again been rated as one of only nine states in america with a aaa bond rating. think about that for a moment. 41 other states have a tarnished
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bond rating. the united states of america recently had its own rating downgraded. but not here in utah. and don't think for a minute that this recognition does not matter. it saves the taxpayer money. aaa is the best you can get, and here in utah we won't settle for anything less. [ applause ] for all the challenges utah faces, it is important to remember that there are 49 other states out there that would love to trade places with us. political gridlock is everywhere in this country. but here in utah we know how to come together. and in spite of our differences get things done. i believe there's never been a better time to live, to work, and to raise a family in this state. so to answer the question i posed earlier, the state of our state is strong.
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it's outstanding. but it's much more than that. the events of last week's tragedy with officer barney impacted all of us profoundly but equally important was the outpouring of public spirit we all witnessed. we will never forget the 50-mile-long motorcade. the streets lined with children holding flags, and neighbors and friends on overpasses saluting one of their own. i've never been more proud to call utah home. yes. [ applause ]
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[ applause ] yes, the state of our state has never been stronger. as i watched utahans mourn together, i realized something more important. i realized the state of our state is strong because the state of our people has never been stronger. as utahans you are united, you are compassionate, you are inspiring, you are extraordinary. i am proud to be a part of this great state. i'm proud to be a utahan. it is indeed an honor for all of us to serve. may god bless our great country in this difficult time. may god continue to bless the great state of utah and her people. thank you for your service. thank you very much. [ applause ]
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the first presidential primary is in new hampshire. vermont senator bernie sanders will be in durham, new hampshire. and c-span will have live coverage of that rally starting at 6:00 eastern. and right here on c-span3, live at 6:30 eastern as republican presidential candidate florida senator marco rubio holds a campaign event at nashua community college in new hampshire. country meeting places are hotbeds of political discussion.
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in towns and cities, voters brave bitter snow and sleet to cast their votes. >> thanks to the people of new hampshire. >> good to be back here in new hampshire. >> first in the nation primary. >> new hampshire. >> new hampshire. >> new hampshire. >> he's from new hampshire. >> it's great to be back in new hampshire. >> one reporter called new hampshire's primary the most cherished of american political travel rights. ♪ >> governor, thank you for coming to new hampshire. >> a place where you can observe a candidate in the heat of a dialogue, in the heat of getting tough questions, about their positions on the issues. it's not just a place where there's a scripted speech. >> new hampshire takes its first
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in the nation primary status, you know, really seriously. >> this is one of a whole series of town hall meetings that we'll be having. >> this is my 20th town hall meeting. >> welcome to our 115th town hall meeting here in new hampshire. >> i'm voting for bernie sanders, because he's honest and he has a good record and he cares about the people and really wants to make changes. >> i think this election's really important to participate in because it's such a historic race and our country's never been more polarized. if you don't participate you don't have a voice. >> i'm participating because this year's going to be historic, either side could give us the first female president. >> the taxpayer and citizen of the country, growing national
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debt. >> nebraska governor pete rickets delivered his annual state of the state address in lincoln. he talked about the state to lead in economic growth and business friendliness. he spoke for about a half hour. >> thank you. president foley, speaker hadley, members of the legislature, travel chairman. distinguished guests, friends, fellow nebraskans, and, of course, our first lady, my lovely wife suzanne. it is great to be a part of the second session of the 104th nebraska legislature.
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>> staft juggled so i could be here today. i know you've heard me say that a lot, and i'll continue to say it, but it continues to be true. and the reason we live in the best place in the world is because of our people. nebraskans give to their communities. we share a common set of principles, we treat each other with dignity and respect. and we care about each other. i'm proud of the fact that nebraska is one of the top states in the nation for volunteerism. the kids of cub scout pack 190 picked up trash on highway 7 last year. when floods slammed into dewitt, i saw firsthand the community pull together, neighbors helping neighbors. i met volunteers like john law
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from omaha who are helping clean houses whose basements have been filled to the ceilings with mud and water. i want to thank john. john is here today. for joining us and setting a great example of volunteer work. john, can we recognize him? >> of course no better example of service than the heros of our nebraska national guard. they helped their neighbors here at home and defend our freedoms overseas. last year, i met lieutenant eric ott and members of the 192nd law and order detachment as they were being deployed. they were among the 150 nebraska
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national guard soldiers who were deployed last year. and i'm pleased to say that lieutenant ott and all of 0 the soldiers returned safely home last month. we are so grateful for the feniens who put themselves in harm's way to defend our freedoms. 61 nebraskans have been killed in action since 2003, 12 from the national guard. we also lost a nebraska hero in the act of performing a humanitarian mission. on may 12th of last year, marine corps helicopter pilot, dustin lukasevich was on a mission in nepal where he rescued three pea after an earthquake struck. he was flying back to save more
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when his helicopter crashed into a mountain. he left behind a wife, a daughter, and a son on the way. and we salute his service. [ applause ] and even when one of our best and brightest leaves nebraska, their nebraska spirit continues to define them. joe lamm played high school football in beamer. after graduation he joined the air force. after the service he became a new york city cop. when terrorists knocked down the twin towers, lamm worked for weeks, even offwhy, with his fellow officers digging through the rubble looking for survivors. and being one of new york's finest was not enough service for joe.
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he joined the air national guard. last month, on his third combat deployment, this time in afghanistan, he was killed near bagram air force base by a suicide bomber. joe's mom, shirley, is here with us today. joe -- and she shared with me a letter from one of his friends. joe knew why he was there in afghanistan. it was to help little afghan girls to be able to get an education, little girls like his daughter, so they could change the outcomes of their lives. shirley is with us here today. shirley, we offer our condolences and salute joe's work and your sacrifice. [ applause ]
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[ applause ] where do we get such people? thank god for dusty and joe and our nebraska national guard, and for all of our men and women who serve this country at home and abroad. we lost another hero this spring in omaha. police officer kerry rosego, shot and killed trying to apprehend a violent fugitive. she left behind a husband, a new baby, and two children. law enforcement officers have
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been getting a lot of broad brushed criticism lately, and it's just not right. they put on their blues every day to protect us. carrey spent her time serving the families of omaha as a volunteer coach and enner mento addition to being a police officer. the community that she patrolled was an extension of her family, and she paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect it. the coaching program that she was involved in has actually doubled the number of coaches since she left because of her example. here in the heartland we appreciate officer orasco and all of our heroic police officers who protect us. [ applause ]
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officer orasco's husband, hector, and her mom ellen are here with us today. we recognize you for the sacrifices you have made. would you please stand up. [ applause ] >> on a lighter note, did you all see the video of deputy sergeant todd voling of the madison county sheriff's office? he sped past an out of control truck, leapt out of his vehicle, jumped on to a moving semi, and safely brought it to a stop.
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now, for most of us, that looked look a scene out of an action movie. but that was real life todd volk. and have no fear, sergeant volk is here. he's joined us today up in the gallery. can we please recognize him for his service? [ applause ] >> whether it's cleaning up our highways, patrolling our streets, or serving overseas, our people are everyday heroes. and that's why this is the best place in the world to be. nebraska is what america is supposed to be. [ applause ]
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and when it comes to public service, being a state senator is also a high and noble calling. i'm grateful for the sacrifices you and your families make to be able to serve our fell le nebraskans. as i begin my second term as governor, and my second state of the state address, it feels look a family reunion, and i'm not kidding. as many of you know, i come from a big family. and as kids, i fought with my brothers and sister, even as adults we continue to disagree on important topics. but i love them. and i love working with them. and i love the work that we do here in our capital. and i love working with all of you. sure, we've had our moments. but we've accomplished great things together. in the last session we cut the
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growth of government nearly in half, from 6.5% in last budget to 3.5% in the current budget. [ applause ] i want to thank chairman mello and members of the appropriation committee for their hard work to make that possible. [ applause ] we also enacted a nurse practitioner bill to increase access to health care, particularly in our rural areas. together we addressed the cliff effect for child care with sarah tanya's cook's bill and sarah kathy campbell and i reached an agreement to increase the aid for dependent children in a responsible way. these are just --
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[ applause ] these are just a few of the many bills on which we found common ground. sometimes there was a natural tension. but it's an honor to be a part of the work we do here in our state capitol. thank you for your dedication and for the long hours you put in, and service you provide to the people of this state. [ applause ] and because of our accomplishments together and the strength in character of our people, i am proud to report today that the state of the state is strong. 6 forbes magazine ranks nebraska
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the third most business friendly state. ranks nebraska the top ten for -- as top healthiest states. lincoln and omaha are among the most liveable cities in america. meanwhile, nebraska's government enjoys a aaa credit rating from s&p. we are in a strong position. but we also have our challenges. but these challenges pose an opportunity for us to work together to responsibility and grow nebraska. agriculture is our number one industry here in nebraska, representing nearly 25% of our state's economy. but our farm economy is facing challenges. commodity prices have been flat or down. corn is trading 3.50 a bushel,
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significantly down from the $8 a bushel it was in 2012. cattle prices are down over 17% from last year. and while farm incomes are subject to variations and fluctuations each year, property taxes go up and up. last year i told you about roger brandt who is i a farmer from wayne county. his assessments on three parcels of hand had increased from 36% to nearly 50% in just one year. we checked in again with roger about this year's property taxes. and they went up again, nearly 2700, and that's after the property tax credit we passed last year. while commodity prices have stayed flat or gone down, his property tax bill went up nearly
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10%. folks, these increases put tremendous pressure on our farmers and ranchers and in turn, the largest part of our state's our state's economy. last year we successfully worked together to provide $408 million in direct dollar for dollar property tax relief through the property tax credit can relief fund. this year we must make structural changes to property taxes. working with their committees, we crafted a proposal for property tax relief. you will see in this bill we proposed tightened spending. and then we limit statewidingin
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gait growth and evaluations to 3%. senators, i look forward to working with you to bring about tax relief to our taxpayers. we must prioritize property tax relief. it is my number one priority this session. [ applause ] now we have talked about growing nebraska. and undeed, we grew our population faster than any of the surrounding states except for colorado. we had 13,000 people. but our economic growth rate is sluggish. we are 28th in the nation in employment growth and our rankings for gdp and personal income growth are also in the middle of the pack.
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and there's nothing competitive about being in the middle of the backpa backpack. we need to grow nebraska's econo economy. create better paying jobs. attract people from around the country to come and make nebraska their home. our three largest industries are ingagriculture, manufacturing a tourism. and all depending on a strong transportation infrastructure to expand. . we can spur our economic growth by ensuring we have 21st century roads and bridges. to help grow our industries. once again, working together, working with you to address this critical need. . chairman smith and director of roads have traveled the state
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working on ideas on how we can accelerate infrastructure investment. last week we announce d a proposal for a transportation infrastructure bank. to speed up expressway construction, improve our county bridges and assist companies with economic development. also included are tools to help increase our efficiency for our construction process. folks, our businesses transport goods and services. our farmers and ranchers feed our world on our roads and bridges. e we get to work each day on our highways. we drive our children to school across our county bridges. let's help our local leaders keep and attract business. let's pass the transportation
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infrastructure bank. as i have said, however, we cannot rest on our laurels. the forecasting board has revised the forecast downward by $154 million. we have to work together to manage taxpayer dollars wisely. the budget i'm proposing manages the shortfall by tightening our belts and state agencies, returning appropriated funds it to the state's general fund and transferring money from the banking insurance cash funds into the general tund. as a result no money will be taken from the cash reserve and none is needed to fund ongoing
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operations. e we must also make government work for the people. we all know in 2014 before i took office the omaha world herald broke a story about tons of convicted criminals, many of them violent who were released because of errors in at the department of corrections. i know that everybody in this chamber cares deeply about this topic. the legislature worked diligently on these issues came to light. i also appreciate how much you take seriously the safety of nebraskans. the three branches of government have worked together on issues such as lb-605 dealing with sentencing and corrections reform. last year we brought in director scott to the department of
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corrections. the director is working to create a cultural reform to one of accountability and excellence. . to address mistakes in inmate releases, he is instituting a a new automated system to perform sentence calculations. we also know further investment is needed. in november the director ruled out the first phase of his strategic plan including a $26 million investment in the corrections center here in lincoln. this investment will allow us to expand the capacity we have for reentry programming. we will provide job training, work release and counselling. this will help our offenders avoid becoming repeat customers and ultimately reduce the
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recidivism rate. we must make this wise informsment in our corrections system. one of the biggest challenges we face long-term for the budget is medicaid expansion. this body has wieszly e rejected three times in the last three years because it was an unreasonable risk to nebraska taxpayers. the most recent it ration of this expansion would have cost nebraska taxpayers $158 million over six years. medicaid is already grown from 2.9% of our budget when it was started to where it is today, 19% and growing. this government entitlement
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crowds out tax relief, roads and education, things we need to grow our state. we also know we cannot trust the federal government when it comes to spending. a mash rate is not sustainable in in the federal budget. when the federal budget gets tight, that commitment will disappear. history shows that the federal government can change the resumes at any time. and now they are down to paying less than 20%. from denying people a choice of their doctor to rising premiums and now this unreal is istic pre of federal matching dollars
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obamacare is an example of government that does not work. government needs to work for the people. and serving in government is a noble calling as well. now we have great people in state government. people who show up to work every day to help our fellow citizens. from the cabinet to our front line teams, we have been able to make great strides over the past year in making government work and helping with the business of life for our people. i want to highlight some of the great work of our people starting with the nebraska department of health and human services. i'm proud of the progress that the team has made under the leadership of ceo courtney phillips. r we are work iing tone sure a w
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level of accountability and transparency for taxpayers. our people are dedicated to giving vulnerable citizens the best possible experience in receiving assistance and creating a more customer centric organization. one example is access nebraska and serves our fellow nebraskaen who is need our help. whether it's nutrition to child care to assistance with energy bills. as i travel the state, i used to hear a lot of complaints. . the average call wait time in august of 2014 was nearly 24 minutes. now because of process improvements, the average wait time for the last three months has averaged under five minutes. i want you to imagine being a low income person who has just bought a prepaid phone with 45
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minutes on it. you call into access nebraska and now you have to spend over half of those minutes waiting on hold just to get somebody to talk to you. how does that impact your quality of life? not only have we reduced the call waiting time, but we have improved our accuracy rate as well. nebraska's national rank in processing applications was 48 out of 53 at the beginning of my term. now we are ranked number 32. now don't get me wrong. nobody is proud of being in the middle of the pack. what it does show we are making improvements. we are now 21st in payment accuracy and 10th for denial accuracy. at the end of 2014 the average time it took to process applications was 40.9 days. now our average is 11.5 days. members of the access nebraska
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team are here with us today. please help recognize them for all the efforts they have made to improve this important system. and we have made other improvements in other areas as well. in 2015 for the first time ever in our child welfare system we met all six of the federal government standards. just e three years ago we only met two of the six stands. other agencies have been innovating as well to make government more customer focused. the department of labor launched a first in the nation reemployment program to help our
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state's job seekers connect more quickly with good paying jobs. individuals receiving benefits now participate in that program, which includes sitting down with a jobs coach and creating a resume which is searchable by potential employers. this helps give our job seekers a leg up. alan holeman was helped by our program to get a job with serious computer solutions. congratulations and thank you for getting a little time for us to be with us today. let's recognize them.
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since i took office, our other agencies have made a priority to identify cost savings as well. our chief information officer has saved taxpayers $5 million in cost savings by consolidating. we're also able to pass along an additional $3.3 million in roads funding to our counties and cities. in every agency of state government, we have worked to create a customer focused culture of accountability and excellence. we are embracing new ideas to make government work and to to make the business of life happen for our citizens. . in the session ahead, i look forward to working with each of you to take advantage of the opportunities we have to meet these challenges head on and grow nebraska. let's work together to deliver
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property tax relief, to grow nebraska with a transportation infrastructure bank. to manage our budgets by controlling spending. and to continue the process of prison reform and investing in community corrections. this session is also important for another reason. 11 members of this will be closing this chapter of the service. speaker hadley is one of these. mr. speaker, i value your friendship. and all the advice you have given not only with regard to the work in the legislature, but also the invaluable advice you have given to the chicago cubs. thank you very much tr your service to our state. [ applause ]
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again, thank you for your plip leadership. . and ten more of your colleagues are going to be leaving at the end of the year as. pel wp can you please stand so we can recognize you. senator dave bloomfield. senator kathy campbell, senator colbie, senator tonya cook, senator mike lord, senator ken heart, senator mccoy, senator ken shields, senator sullivan,
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thank you all very, very much for your service to our state. our family here at the capital will have its moments no doubt. but i know when the ice thaws, the snow melts, the sports fans including speaker hadley return again to baseball, we will have accomplished much in this session for the people we represent. the people of nebraska are good, hard working and courageous people. they are the best of america.
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and in turn, we will give our best to them. god bless all of you, god bless america and god bless the great state of nebraska. [ applause ] . republican presidential candidate marco rubio will be holding his final campaign event before tomorrow's new hampshire primary. it's that i canning place at gnashua community college live at 6:30 eastern. c-span's campaign 2016 is taking you on the road to the white house. >> let's go win the nomination. thank you all. >> thank you and god bless you. >> in iowa c-span brought to you
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candidate speeches. >> thank you all very much. >> thank you, folks. >> meet and greets, town halls and live caucus coverage. this week c-span is on the ground in new hampshire following the candidates leading up to the first in the nation primary. live election coverage starts tuesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, c-span radio and c-span right lane. tonight a roundtable discussion on key technology, communication and cyber security issues that the federal government, congress and the tech community will face in 2016 including cyber security and the privacy issues associated with net neutrality. we'll speak with cyber security reporter for the hill, technology reporter for politico and lydia, bloomberg's tell con reporter. >> that was signed into law in late december.
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it was passed through part of the budget bill and the idea behind that is it is a first step in terms of allowing people to understand more about the hacking threats that the country faces. >> i think there's been a lot of push and pull and give and take between tell come community to find the happy medium where people can get the spectrum they need without sacrificing any of the defense department's capabilities. >> many are making the argument that why is it okay for us to be regulated by the fcc on this issue when other companies that also collect a lot of data like facebook or google do similar things with that. sort of the flip side is well, you're not just controlling where people go but how they get there. >> watch the communicators tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span 2.
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the united nations security council met to discuss north korea's plame claims they launched a long range missile. the ambassador to the u.n. samantha power held a news conference with the u.n. ambassadors from japan and south korea. she spoke for about 20 minutes. >> good morning, thank you very much for today on this important issue of nonproliferation. you have heard from the president of the security ko council ambassador of venezuela that the press statement has
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been issued whose content i will go into detail. i want to say that my impression of today's meeting was there was a unity of the security council in the outrage of the missile launch, which took place after four weeks of the nuclear test. this outrage is base d on the fact that this is whether you call it a satellite launch, this is the clear preparation for the missile itself and it is a clear violation of the past security council resolutions. there was, again, the unity on the members of the security
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council that in response business as usual will no longer apply. there's been many resolutions which have not been implemented and we have to work on this, working on the new security council resolution, which center which contains further measures as we have already agreed. just using a couple minutes, i want to say on the view of the japanese government that the seriousness of the missile itself, this is clearly a direct threat to the security of japan along with the republic of korea and also the country like the philippines, whose drop zone is
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in it the vicinity and we also know this is the area where there is a very tense maritime and air transportation, which had also been disrupted. so we have to take this issue very seriously. it's not only a violation, but it is the real threat to the security of japan, the republic of korea and other countries including the united states. i think this is the one additional point that we have to emphasi emphasize. nuclear test is certainly more serious and we wish that security council would start adopting the robust security council resolutions as we have rekconfirmed our determination
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today. thank you very much. i now invite the ambassador of the united states. >> thank you, everybody. thanks for coming out on a sunday. i just want to reenforce a couple of the points made by my japanese colleague, which will be echoed by the ambassador from the republic of korea. north korea's launch yesterday using prescribed ballistic missile technology undermines regional stability and violates the dprk's obligations under four separate security council resolutions. demonstrating yet again that the dprk will continue to escalate tensions in the absence of a strong and forceful response from the international commun y community. the accelerated development of the nuclear and ballistic missile program poses a serious
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threat to international peace and security. not just of north korea's neighbors, but the peace and security of the entire world. pyongyang launched a satellite, but nobody is fooled. so-called space launch vehicles are the same technology as ballistic missiles, which are expressly prohibited by multiple security council resolutions. now some of you may be hearing the term provocative acts and provocations. these are almost euphemisms that have come to be used in the context of north korea's advancing of its nuclear weapons program. but what north korea is doing with each of these illegal acts with each of these launches is the launches themselves are advancing north korea's capacity to advance its nuclear weapons
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program. they are not merely provocations. with each one of these actions, the dprk moves one step closer to its declared goal of developing nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles and we cannot and will not allow this to happen. we have been engaging in discussions with security council members on the appropriate response to the nuclear test that north korea carry canned out now more than a month ago. these discussions are ongoing and it's clear that the security council must take decisive action and to do so with urgency. president obama spoke with president chi on friday and they agreed on the importance of a strong and united international response to north korea's illegal actions. including through an impactful u.n. security council resolution.
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each of these requires a robust response. because of the decisions and actions, we will ensure that the security council imposes serious consequences. dprk's latest transgressions require our response to be even firmer. i want to make one thing abundantly clear. the goal of imposing sanctions has never been to target the north korea people who have suffered unspeakable horrors. inflicted by their own oppre oppressive government. horrors that the united states has repeatedly urged this council to address, in which the republic of korea and japan each serving their terms on the council have helped us bring to light in the security council making a horrible situation for the people of north korea a permanent item on the security kocouncil agenda. in other context, we have seen how robust sanctions can be a tool to alter a government's
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dangerous nuclear ambitions. how those sanctions can affect a cost benefit calculous that a government acting in defiance of international norms may be making. we're for sanctions to make a difference and to affect the calculous of a regime that has brazenly and recklessly acted in defiance of international norms and in a continual threat to regional peace and security. we're looking forward to expeditiously consulting with our colleagues in the coming days and we will be looking to all council members to unite around a swift and aggressive response to the dprk's repeated violations that constitute this very direct threat to global peace and security. thank you.
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>> with this launch and the nuclear bomb test last month, i think the dprk is making a clear statement to the whole world that it is not only the only country developing nuclear weapons in the 21st century, but is determined to continue to defy the community of nations and to threaten the peace and security of the whole world. as pointed out by the security council and my two colleagues here, this is totally outrageous and unacceptable. as a korean, it is sad, almost pathetic to watch the state u of celebrations under this breach. as i know that the cost of this
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launch alone estimated to be close to $1 billion would have fed the entire north korean population for a whole year. north korea's provocations have clearly demonstrated two points. first, the effort to achieve through dialogue so far have only resulted in allowing north korea to buy time to advance their nuclear capabilities. second given that north korea continues to develop nuclear weapons under previous sanctions, it has become clear by now that the current level of sanctions cannot put a break on north korea's nuclear weapons development. therefore, the lesson is clear. the only way to stop north korea from going further down the nuclear path is to make it crystal clear to the regime that it has no option but to change.
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it is therefore, an urgent task before the security council to adopt a significant and robust resolution for north korea's expectations and sends a message that the international community will never tolerate nuclear weapons development. thank you. >> do you think china will be able with tougher sanctions after this missile test? >> thank you for the question. what's important that the security council unite. china is a critical player. our respect for the role and necessity of playing a constructive role here is reflected in all of the high level engagements that the united states has carried out
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these last weeks since the nuclear test. secretary kerry traveling to beijing, our deputy secretary engaging in beijing, president obama's call with the president. china in advance of this so-called satellite launch sent an envoy for the nuclear weapons issue. making an appeal that they not carry out another so-called provocation. no sooner had china's envoy departed than the launch was carried out on the eve of such an important holiday for china. so we are hopeful that china, like all council members, will see the grave threat to regional international peace and security, see the importance of adopting tough, unprecedented measures, breaking new ground here as was just said by my
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korean colleague, exceeding the expectations of kim jong-un. there cannot be business as usual after two successive acts and with all of the diplomacy that the international community has attempted to muster including trying to get the party talks relaunch on a credible basis. there can be no business as usual. and it's important that we not only get strong content, but that we do so extremely expeditiously in light of north korea's latest hostile and illegal action. as quickly as possible. it is urgent and overdue. >> ambassador, are you worried about growing public support for a nuclear program in japan and south creer? and ambassador, can you speak to the missile defense system that
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is being proposed for the u.s. in south creer? >> we take one question each. i will not comment on the military side of the question. i think we are looking at the how to contain the nuclear development activity and also the missile development activities, which have been the threat to the international peace and security. not only our region including the united states but also beyond the east asia. this is a threat to the international regime of the nonproliferation and we would ask u.s. ambassador to go to the business of adopting the robust security council resolution as quick ly as possible. thank you.
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>> i want to ask do we lult part of our proposal. in the middle of a new proposal is making an agreement with china or russia already? the kind of agreement about the new content of a resolution has made or has agreed already with china or russia. i think there's no changes of attitude on china even after this meeting. so if there's no part to reach out a kind of agreement with i china or russia related to resolutions to make clear
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difference with current resolutions, what is your plan or strategy to lead their agreement? >> i think it will give you a better explanation, but as far as i know, the draft resolution now being discussed has much more strength in sanctions measures than the existing sanctions regime. as i said, by now it's pretty clear that the existing sanctions have not stopped north korea from developing nuclear weapons and delivery system further. the current sanctions regime is mostly concentrated on specific measures. weapons-related measures. so the purpose was to stop north korea was developing, but this system, this sanctions regime
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has failed in stopping north korea from developing, which was its original purpose. so i'm pretty sure that the new sanctions regime should have new measures so it would be effective in stopping north korea. as for the question about the missile defense, as u yo know, the republic of korea and the united states announced yesterday an alliance decision to improve the existing missile defense system. but as the first, this is missile defense system which is defensive in nature. i think it shouldn't worry anyone else because this is focused on provocations and
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predicated on provocation. >> i would just add and i think we're going to wrap up here. the announce mement about the system and do begin consultations is made in the context of the recurrent and continual threat to peace and security to the republic of korea, to our japanese friends, to their whole region and well beyond to the united states as well. so as my korean colleague shared, this is a move to start these consultations on an urgent basis about the viability of a system intended around defense because the actions are so reckless and so brazen. and briefly to your question, we will come forward to you and share with you the content of
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our resolution when we have secured agreement on that resolution. i assure you that it has taken time but one of the reasons is we knew it would take some time at the beginning because a tough and comprehensive sanctions package after we have already put such significant sanctions in place because of prior illegal actions by the government of north korea. it was always going to take time. i think for everyone in that room and i think both of my colleagues have spoken to this, there was a sense of the clock ticking and the need to move more expeditiously than the council has been able to do up to this point. so we'll come forward with something tough. we will come forward with something comprehensive. we are determined to break new ground and we count on our members who say they see the same threat we see to come forward and to unify around that
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common groel. thank you. marco rubio will be holding his final event at community college today. we'll have it live for you at 6:30 eastern. the citizens of the granite state are not easily won. the country meeting places are hot beds of political discussion. in town and city, voters brave bitter snow and sleet to cast their votes. >> thanks to the people of new hampshire. >> the first in the nation primary. >> new hampshire. >> new hampshire. >> new hampshire. >> he's from new hampshire. >> it's great to be back in new
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hampshire. >> one reporter has called new hampshire's primary the most cherished of tribal rights. >> governor, thank you for coming to new hampshire. >> this is a place where you can observe a candidate in the heat of a dialogue, in the heat of getting tough questions about their positions on the issues. it's not just a place where there's a skipted speech. >> new hampshire takes its first in the nation primary status really seriously. >> this is one of a whole series of town hall meetings that we're going to be having. >> this is my 20th town hall meeting. >> welcome to our 115th town hall meeting here in new hampshire.
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>> republican presidential candidate jeb bush was in new hampshire today for rotary club luncheon at the country club. one of his stops as candidates try to get voters participate in the first in the nation primary tomorrow. this is about 35 minutes. >> thank you very much. did you go on wikipedia to get that introduction? i got to tell my first story. the story of being introduced by someone. they were try iing to find thin they had in common. he gets up and says, you know, i'm tired of the regular kind of introduction so i went on wikipedia to find if i had anything in common with our guest speaker. he proceeded to go into this pretty lengthy introduction that i was an avid rock climber and
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that i had a secret desire to be a movie star. neither which is completely true. i'm from florida. we don't have rocks like you all here in the granite state and i have no interest in being a movie star. you can tell that by my candidacy, can't you? so i get up and i have to tell the guy the truth. i'm not any of this stuff. it turns out there are people that are probably unemployed kids with student debt that are stuck in their parent's basement with chooe toe stains on their t-shirts that haven't been able to get their first job. so they play games to see how long they can edit wikipedia pages in order to have games with friends around the world. my advice to you if you have a wikipedia page, check it once in awhile because you too may be an avid rock climber or want to be a movie star. i want to recognize you mentioned neil and maria and jeb. the bush family is kind of important.
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we love each other. i apologize tr that. i'm proud of my dad, i'm proud of my brother. it was an incredible honor to have my mom come up here. i was a little worried because it snowed. she has her little stroller and i was watching her because i didn't want her to fall. her first response was i haven't seen snow in a long while. so the family matters to us. my first granddaughter, she's the first great granddaughter of the greatest man alive, my dad. her name is georgia helena walker bush. we call her 41 in the family. let me see if i can get this straight. georgia is a canadian iraqi texas mexican american. her mom is from canada.
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her dad was born in miami. i'm a texan, which is a nationality, as you may know. and my wife is from mexico. so hence she is this quad ro hyphenated american. when she fills out the census form she will say not applicable. it's a statement of who we need to get back to in this country. a set of common purpose and common values. we're dangerously moving away from each other. we have politicians that break us up in our parts and turns this extraordinary diversity of this extraordinary country into a potential weakness rather than the strength that it is. and why i love the rotarians is you all are the opposite. you have people of diverse backgrounds that have a common purpose which is to volunteer, help people in need, rebuild your communities, do all the things you do so well.
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and my hope is and my expectation is that georgia will be a rotarian whether she's a member or not she will have a heart for people. she will be part of a movement of this country to restore its greatness by having a set of common purpose once again. i hope to be a president that focuses on that as well. because i believe we're on the verge of greatness, but we need to fix a few things. i'm tired of politicians that push down a group of people to make themselves look better. let me get this out of the way and then i'll get to something a little more positive. the front running candidate for the republican party is that kind of politician. he organizes his campaign around disparaging people as a sign of strength. it's not strong to insult women. it's not strong to castigate hispanics. it's not strong to ridicule the
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disabled. and it's not strong to call john mccain or medal of honor recipients, it's not strong to say that they were a loser because they got caught. i think we need a president that actually believes in the american people. that won't push everybody down to make themselves look good. as governor of the state of florida, i had a chance to learn what it's like to be a leader. what will happen, i don't know when, but it will happen in the next presidency. there will be a conflict, there will be an attack, there might be an outbreak of a disease. something is going to happen. the world we live in is not just static anymore. there will be a challenge. and we'll have never talked about it before. 9/11 is an example of that. the assassination of jfk certainly was an example of that. the end of the cold war and how to manage that process was an example of that. all presidents have this
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opportunity. the question is who do you want to have to sit behind the big desk? what kind of person do you want to have in this unforeseen dynamic world where you don't know exactly how it all plays out. and i hope you want to have someone that's had some prooun skills of leadership through life. my life is really organized in a couple ways. one, before i met my wife and the 44 years of the time that i did meet her she changed my life. it's a transformational part of my life. my life also has been informed by the 32 years in the private sector. where the world doesn't work exactly the way the central planners want it. anybody in business will tell you it's not always one step forward. we don't march in place in a dynamic world. we have ten steps forward, then a five-step set back, dust yourself off and move on. that's called life. then i had eight years as governor of the state of florida
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where i got to learn about leadership as well. i want to tell you three stories of leadership. this is not my stump speech, in case you were curious. i didn't feel like i want ed to honor them with something less political. i had a chance to serve in a way that was really important. it's easy to serve when things are going great. it's harder when things get tough. and in our case, one of those tough challenges was eight hurricanes, four tropical storms in 16 months. 8 hurricanes, 4 tropical storms in 16 months. anybody in the insurance business here? we had 1.2 million property claims. that's double the number of homes in new hampshire, just to put it in perspective. losses of $150 billion. there was a point in time where we could not find commercial
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insurance who did not exist. we wiped out the capital structure of the insurance businesses and if you can't get insurance, you can't get a loan. if it you can't get a loan, expand the business. the state was in a perilous place. if you don't get power, you lose your food. if you don't have food, your children go hungry. people were losing their jobs. it was a great challenge. it was the greatest joy of my life to be a servant at that time. ly never forget working with the salvation army all across the state or the red cross. the people that just acting on their heart showed up to be able to work. we mobilized it, we made it efficient, we were there on the ground within 24 hours. one time i went to a place called barefoot bay. have you been there? it's the largest mobile home manufactured home community in the world. it's like 5,000 units. a storm hit it hard. more than three quarters of the
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houses were completely destroyed. so i show up at the community center and this woman wearing a salvation army t-shirt comes and hugs me. i'm a hugger. i like hugs. she kept hugging me and hugging me and she didn't want to let go. she literally just wanted a long embrace by u someone who was a leader. and it worked. we recovered faster than anybody could imagine. and she actually was a volunteer for the salvation army even though her house was completely wiped out. she lost everything. her response was to be able to help other people that were in even worse conditions than she was. i was inspire d by this. i hope you want a leader that has a servant's heart. that has the skills of organization. no one ever heard me complain about fema. there were reasons. i could have, trust me. no one ever heard me say the dog ate my homework. it was my successor's fault, my
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predecessor's fault. no one ever heard the outrage in florida because we were all in. and we helped our state rebound. when katrina hit, it hit florida first. then it grew in the gulf and created the largest storm in american history. it was a cat 5 storm. as it was heading north, it was heading to pensacola where the year before we had hurricane ivan, a cat 3 storm that devastated pensacola. we mobilized 500 people heading west. then the storm waggles further to the west. so craig fugate, the best choice that barack obama has made of any his appointments said what are we going to do? i said keep going. we'll figure it out later. the rules didn't allow us to do this, but we went and we were the first responders to save people's lives. we were the ones that create canned the emergency rooms out of nothing. we were the ones that were the police officers, the city
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managers, we were all in. 2,300 volunteers over the next two months were in southern mississippi taking care of mississippians. we ended up getting reimbursed $143 million. i didn't ask what the rules were. i did what was right. and that's the kind of leadership we now need in washington, d.c. i don't know about you, but i'm kind of tired of politicians that blame their predecessors. i have a personal feeling about this just having watched it for awhile. and my pledge to you is when i'm president of the united states, i will not blame barack obama for a single thing because the day i'm sworn into office it's on my watch. whatever it is. the second story is a story that in the world where strength is measured by the the volume of your voice apparently these days. or how profane you can be or how you insult somebody. this is a story of real
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strength. it's the story of a leader that listens first and learns along the way. what i have learned in my life experience is the greatest insights are when i'm not talking. when i'm listening. and i decided as a governor that i would create a system where i would listen to people. there's a lot of discussion about e-mails these days. you can go to and there are 330,000 e e-mails. it's the interactions between constituents and me. some of them let me have it. some were not happy with their governor at the time. others were asking me for all sorts of things. a lady asked for a varmt in my attic. what are you going to do about it? so the next morning i sent her an e-mail saying i'm on it.
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i called the city manager of delray beach and said there's a varmint in this lady's attic. by 3:00 the animal control folks were out and they got the var mint out. it's important to realize that if you don't have a human context, it doesn't matter. if you don't have a servant's heart, it doesn't matter. it's not about the people that we elect. it's about the people that they are there to serve. so i set up an elaborate system to make sure i was constantly listening to people. i met thousands of people that didn't get their -- it wasn't working. life wasn't working well for them. they had an interaction with the courts that wasn't right. it allow ed me to understand tht people didn't think that everything was going right because it wasn't. i'll never forget getting e-mails from women who were not getting court-ordered child support payments. i got more of those -- it just was mind numbing the number of
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people mostly men who just abandoned their commitments to their children. and so i created a service inside the department of revenue. and she just pounded these guys into submission. she would chase them down around the country. it could have been a great reality tv show. i admired her so much. we kept tabs of the results. but more importantly by listening to these women that weren't getting their children's support, i learned that our system was completely broken. so more importantly we transformed our system of child support by using technology better. by changing the laws. by creating more penalties for men that could have paid but didn't. and the net result was because i took the time to listen first and then using my business experience develop a strategy to implement a different approach. we increased child support in my
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eight years by 98%. i hope up a president that accepts responsibility and has the skills to fix the mess that exists. think about all the messes that exist. we can't protect confidential information anymore. the office of personnel management has an inspector general report that said that the kentucky these or someone could hack into the firewalls because they weren't strong enough. they had already done it. 23 million files in the hands of the chinese right now because we were so inept and no one accepted personal responsibility for the mess. or how about the department of veterans affairs? 340,000 employees, we have increased spending. it's not a question of spending, but shortage of nurses and doctors and veterans have to wait and wait and wait. in fact, $140 million in bonuses went out to the department's management. it went out for bonuses for all sorts of things, including
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reducing wait lists except the veterans didn't get care. and people died. and only three people have been fired. i promise you i won't blame the dog eating my homework on this one. when i'm there, we'll change it. we'll fix it. because i know how to do this. a leader has to accept personal responsibility and build the strategy and make sure that everybody's held to account. i did that as governor of florida and i hope you want someone who is focused like a laser beam on the mess in washington, d.c. when we change the culture, it will create an environment to start solving the bigger problems of regulation and the mess that exists that's holding people back. the third story is the story of finding ways to get to yes. finding ways to get to yes. when i was governor of the state of florida, i had a chance to do that in all sorts of different ways. but my first impulse was to find
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the moment. i did this at a school. i talked about nixon in china. china? you guys know what nicks in china moments are, i hope. it's where you find the creative way to get people to think differently, where you change the context. basically in washington we have two armed camps, we have the red camp and the blue camp, they don't talk to each other, there's no personal trust, there's no friendships, there's no assumption that someone that might not agree with you might just be wrong, they might not be bad. in fact, the whole game is played where you demonize people that disagree with you rather than respectfully say have you thought about it in a different way? even when there's wins, which is the first step we need to get back to which is even when people agree they don't agree. this is ridiculous. this country is much better than this. we need a leader that focuses on accepting personal
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responsibility, having a serve ant's heart, but also having the creativity of leadership to solve problems again. pau because people in this country are deserving of far better than what they're getting today. i've laid out all sorts of plans, they don't resonate in the world wherein sults -- you do better in the world these guys cover when you're focused on the process. detailed plans requires a leader that things people along. the big three accomplishments of this president have been obamacare, dodd-frank and the stimulus. where he has worked with congress. he would add a few things that he has done unilaterally through executive orders for sure, but those three things did not have a single republican vote. you cannot do this without a single vote from the other party. it never creates -- it never creates a stability in our process? we've got to figure out using the nicks in the china moment how we get back to fixing
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things. whatever it is. it could be addiction, which is a significant problem in this state and across the country. my wife and i have firsthand experience of what it's like to be a mom and dad of a child who spiraled out of control because of her addictions and her challenges and in a highly public way. i know about this personally and i know a lot of people in this state are suffering. that's not a republican issue or democratic issue. there's ways to forge consensus on that. the next president better start working on it because our country is lagging behind. and we don't deserve it because we're still the most extraordinary country on the face of the earth. so my pledge to you is that i will use every ounce of leadership i have to forge consensus. it is not a sign of weakness to say, i want to find common ground. it is not a sign of weakness to have the creativity to get others to get to yes. you don't violate your principles by doing this. i was a governor of a state, the most conservative reform minded governor probably in the country in the last 30 years.
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we eliminated affirmative action, replaced it with a leadership model that brought more african-americans and hispanic kids to our universities. i created the first and the second and the third statewide voucher programs in the state. we privatized, if you will, we moved to a community-based model for our child welfare system with a far better result. we led the nation in job growth seven out of eight years. we were one of two states to go to aaa bond rating. i'm a conservative and we disrupted the old order. you can fire government workers in florida for cause. there's no lifetime protections of employment. during my time we led the nation in job growth but 11% fewer workers in the state government were there, 13,000 fewer government workers. we can do these things, but it's going to require leadership, not a talker. and at the end of the day put aside all the record, there's going to be something that's going to happen. i don't know what it is, but i hope you want someone who has a steady hand, who loves this
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country, who is focused on serving people, has the steadiness to state the course when it's necessary, will inspire us to all try to be better, to be better and to do better, and will keep us safe. that's my mission and i hope that you will consider supporting me tomorrow. i'm excited about the -- the final thing i'll say is how much i've enjoyed campaigning here. you know, for a while i was kind of -- i didn't want to show up in new hampshire because i didn't want any speculation about whether i was going to run or not because i didn't know if i was going to do it, but since i've gotten here i've opinion all in and i've enjoyed interacting with people that really love this country, that ask the right questions, that challenge the candidates. i'm a better person and i'm certainly a better candidate because of the near hundred events that i've done and i appreciate the fact that you all have created the first in the nation primary in a way that does challenge us all. so i'm humbly asking for your support on tuesday and i will not let you down.
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thank you all very much. [ applause ] >> thank you. >> so we'll take questions from members of the rotary club of nashua. jim mccormick. >> what's to be done about the disturbing nature of money in politics? >> the ideal situation would be to overturn the supreme court ruling that allows for effectively unregulated money independent and regulated money for the campaign. i would turn that on its head if i could. i think campaigns ought to be personally accountable and responsible for the money they receive. i don't think we need to restrict it, voters will have the ability to say i'm not voting for you because so-and-so gave you money. the key is to have total transparency about the amounts of money and, you know, who gives it. and have it with 48-hour turn
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around. that would be the appropriate thing. then a candidate will be held accountable for whatever -- whatever comes to the voters through the campaign. unfortunately the supreme court ruling makes that at least temporarily impossible. so it's going to require an amendment to the constitution. there is a growing sense that we need to amend the constitution, though. there's a growing sense because of the lack of a balanced budget, because of giving back the power of line item veto power for the president. i would support term limits as well. florida has term limits. it works, it works really well. you have young dynamic people that emerge. i don't know if will weatherford is here, my good friend, will was speaker of the house for two years when he was in his early 30s and there hasn't been anybody -- there's been some really good speakers but no one as good as him. he would have never been a speaker had we not had term limits because he is an
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extraordinary leader. he would be a back bencher in some states, he would certainly be a back bencher in the congress. so the possibility of a state-driven convention process is growing and i would encourage it because i think forcing the federal government to do what states have to do to balance the budget, giving the executive the power to use line item veto power to bring discipline is a good thing and term limits would be. so that's a fourth possibility could be over turning the supreme court decision and creating greater transparency for how you raise money and how you spend it. >> yes, sir. oh, am i doing this or are you? >> i am. >> i'll keep my mouth shut. good judgment, though. >> here in new hampshire we're having to grapple with underfunded federal mandates once again. >> yeah. >> as a governor you have the unique perspective of having to deal with that issue so i'd
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really love to hear how, one, you would -- what your position would be on underfunded federal mandates and, two, how being a governor gives you a very unique perspective to be the leader of this country. >> it makes my head explode when you bring up the subject at least because almost every one of the mandates is underfunded and the better -- and because washington doesn't change we have a 20th century set of rules on top of a 21st century world. so the opportunity here is to say if we weren't doing it this way how would we do it? that's another sign of leadership, by the way, is to force that conversation to take place. if you get comfortable with what you have it gets pretty ugly pretty quick. do you think we would organize how we educate children with 13,174 government run highly politicized unionized mon op lease as the means by which
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children learn? do you think it's appropriate how our healthcare system exists where it was designed after world war ii and the korean war as an inducement to hire gis so there was a deduction in healthcare for companies but not one for individuals and so you have this big dislocation now that has just grown and grown. one of the great opportunities is to say how do we create the environment where you get to start over again and renew these important programs? and the best way to do it is to shift power back to the states. so i've laid out plans on medica medicaid, on transportation, on education. in florida we have the largest universal pre-k program, it's a voluntary program for four year olds. 80% of kids go to literacy-based programs as four years old. it's a high priority and we have the greatest learning gains for little kids in reading because of this and no social promotion policy, but we have 22 federal programs with all sorts of rules on top of it, 44 programs, $22
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billion. i would take the money and say, florida, you want to create your early literacy program? then take the money, no rules, you go do it, we just want better outcomes. transportation, epa should delegate authority back to the states as it relates to managing water and air. making sure that the outcomes are there so that, you know, you're serious about this, but that would save billions of dollars and it would be the best means by which to deal with these unfunded mandates. if you eliminate the mandate and allow states to create it no one can be complaining. i will be a tenth amendment president. our bill of rights is a package deal, by the way. if you like the first then you kind of have to go along with the fourth and second and tebt and all the rest of them, too. >> before we take the next question if you are parked on the street coming into the country club you are parked in a fire zone and you need to move your car immediately so that we


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