RICKETTS SAYS STATES SHOULD MANAGE ENTITLEMENTS

Gov. Pete Ricketts outlined a conservative strategy to reduce the size of the government by centering entitlement decisions in the states, during a speech he made this week at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Other elements of the plan included making government more efficient by using a business model to institute change and supporting the role played by volunteer organizations in assisting people with needs. Under his administration, Ricketts said, reforms had already been instituted in managing unemployment benefits and food stamp support, providing assistance to help people get a job. Ricketts said he and conservative state senators blocked proposed expansion of Medicaid in Nebraska because the addition of "able-bodied single adults" could result in less funding support for children, the elderly and the disabled. When conservatives are governing, Ricketts told the Hillsdale audience, it is vitally important that "they make sure government runs really, really well."