Nebraska Speaker of the Legislature supports a plan by Senator Deb Fischer to use sales tax money for road construction projects over the next 20 years. Senator Mike Flood says there are several projects that top the list.
“The high priority roads in this state right now as it relates to four lanes would be Highway 75 from Nebraska City through Bellevue into Omaha. Highway 133, Blair into Omaha.”
This proposal would use millions in existing sales tax collections for road projects. Flood says connecting rural roads and improving access to the interstate system will increase economic development.
“We’d like to see in rural Nebraska roads from Scribner to Norfolk that would link towns where I live to your town so we could get our trucks loaded with steel from Newport onto the interstate easier.”
Opponents say this proposal would take away funding for a number of other important projects or issues. Flood says a priority is a priority.
“We talk about roads being a priority, if infrastructure really is at the top of the list then let’s put it up there with the other priorities in the state… K-12 education, Medicaid, corrections.”
The cost would be 140-million dollars a year for 20 years.