U-S Senator Ben Nelson estimates Nebraska will get around 240-million dollars for road repairs and construction in the federal economic stimulus package. Governor Dave Heineman says Nebraska will use funds marked-out for roads in increments of roughly 30-thousand dollars until the state runs out.
Nelson says he worked to keep the focus on creating jobs. He says it’s estimated the package will help save or create three to four-million jobs but in Nebraska, perhaps 23,000 jobs will result from the legislation. Nelson says Nebraska will get $1.1-billion total from the 787-billion dollar package.
He says the plan focuses on more than just job creation and retention. Nelson says it’ll “get the money moving through the Nebraska economy. It’s not just about putting shovels in the ground, it’s about transporting the supplies and all the spin-off from this activity. It’ll help an awful lot of people.”
Two major areas of concern on the national economic scene are addressed by tax breaks in the economic recovery package. Senator Ben Nelson says the bill calls for tax breaks for both first-time home buyers and for cars buyers.
He adds, Nebraska stands to be a national player in the renewable energy market. He says to generate a significant amount of electricity from the wind in Nebraska, a “smart grid” system will need to be used to move that power to more populous areas. Nelson says the stimulus package could create or save around 23-thousand jobs in Nebraska and more than 3-million nationally.
Thanks to Kevin Thomas, KLIN, Lincoln