“it’s going to allow both the state and especially our local units of government an additional tool. It’s going to allow them more flexibility so that they can use the limited funds that have on the local level in a more efficient, effective, and timely manner for their projects.”
Senator Deb Fischer’s LB 98 would swap local federal aid dollars with the Nebraska Department of Roads, for state funding.
The bill received a lot of support from cities and counties, looking to step up needy street, road and bridge work.
Senator Galen Hadley of Kearney says federal red tape problems hit his district hard on construction of an additional interstate exit….which had been worked on by five Kearney mayors, over a 15-year-period.
Senator Fischer said the bill would eliminate the need for a so-called “responsible charge”……a person who must monitor progress on federal projects, now a requirement of federal law. The bill would NOT mandate participation by local governments, but give them the option of exchanging their federal aid for state funding.
The bill cleared the first-round of debate, on a 37-0 vote.