“Today, I signed LB 84 into law. This was a difficult decision. As I said before, Nebraska needs more funding for roads, but I am very concerned about the affordability of LB 84. I still don’t like the delayed implementation date of this bill, but recent revenue forecasts have been encouraging and now it is possible that the state may be able to afford increased roads funding. If not, I have received assurances from many state senators that they will make the appropriate adjustments in the 2013 budget process.”
Opponent State Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha had this to say.
“The Governor Dave Heineman that signed LB 84 today needs to talk to the fiscally responsible
Governor Heineman of a few weeks ago. The Governor Dave Heineman of a few weeks ago
unequivocally acknowledged that it was a ‘risky financial strategy’ to make spending decisions with
money that we don’t know we have.1 Today, with his support for LB 84, our Governor endorsed the
Washington, D.C. style of budgeting, earmarking millions of taxpayer dollars for future projects on a
hope and a prayer that the money will be there when it comes time to spend it,” said Nordquist.
“This isn’t about roads – this is about fiscal responsibility. Nebraska families have to live within their
means, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I believe we should manage the state
budget in the same way. We shouldn’t spend money that we don’t have. With the enactment of LB
84, we are putting millions of dollars on the state’s ‘credit card,’ based on pure optimism that we will
be able to make those payments in the coming years,” said Senator Nordquist.