Omaha state Sen. Beau McCoy is the latest to declare his candidacy for next year’s Republican nomination for governor.
McCoy has represented his west Omaha and Douglas County district since 2009. He grew up on a ranch near Wray, Colorado, and runs a home improvement company in Omaha. He says Nebraska needs to hold down expenses and cut taxes. “I’ve spent the last five years doing my best to control state spending. That’s how you make that happen, is making sure we tighten our belt fiscally as a state, which gives us the opportunity to cut taxes,” he said.
Earlier this year, McCoy introduced a proposal for Gov. Dave Heineman to eliminate personal and corporate income taxes, while taxing things like manufacturing parts and seeds for agriculture. The Legislature killed that idea following heavy opposition from industry groups.
McCoy says the state needs to save money in entitlement programs like Medicaid. “I have been part of the effort to oppose expansion of Medicaid. Because I don’t believe that long term the federal government, which is broke, can uphold their obligations,” he said. “As governor of our state, I would continue to oppose that. We want health care for Nebraskans. But we want it in a fashion that doesn’t create massive budgetary problems down the road.”
McCoy joins Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts, state Auditor Mike Foley, and state Sens. Charlie Janssen of Fremont and Tom Carlson of Holdrege in seeking the GOP nomination to succeed Gov. Dave Heineman, who’s being forced out by term limits.
On the Democratic side, former University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook and state Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton are running.