LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts says he will disclose all of his personal out-of-state trips and is working with the Nebraska State Patrol to improve tracking of his security detail’s overtime expenses.
Ricketts announced the changes Thursday in response to news that the patrol’s overtime expenses have risen in recent months, coinciding with the governor’s trade missions to Europe and Asia, promotional trips to different parts of country and personal travel to attend Chicago Cubs games.
Some of the trips weren’t announced, and the patrol has said that costs incurred by the executive protection detail aren’t separated from the rest of its budget.
Ricketts says he believes many of the trips helped promote the state, and he notes that past governors have also taken out-of-state trips for personal reasons.