LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska lawmakers are being asked to take a new approach to roads
funding, with a bill that would allow the state to finance high-priority
projects with bonds.
Nebraska has used a pay-as-you-go system for
decades, but supporters said Wednesday that the state could take
advantage of low interest rates while launching more job-creating
construction projects. Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton says her
legislation would help quicken the pace of long-delayed roads projects.
bill was introduced three years after Nebraska officials passed a law
that will divert an estimated $60 million to $70 million a year into
The Department of Roads opposes the bill. Director
Randy Peters says the state's traditional approach has served Nebraska
well, and projects still take years to design.