Grow the economy and control spending. Earn more, spend less. These are basic principles of budgeting. Controlling spending to achieve tax relief is the only sustainable way to get longterm tax relief for Nebraska’s families as well as for our state as a whole. When I entered office, the State of Nebraska’s spending was growing at an unsustainable rate. The budget was increasing 6.5% per year, outpacing average economic growth. I worked with Senators to slow spending to 3.6% in my first budget. The budget approved this spring, for 2019-2021, limits spending increases to 3%, including the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid.