Governor Dave Heineman says he supports competitive bidding to replace an outdated veterans' home in central Nebraska, a project that has drawn interest from both Kearney and its longtime home city of Grand Island.
Heineman said in a conference call Tuesday that the 126-year-old home needs to be replaced. But he says state law requires competitive bidding for projects that cost more than $50,000. The project is expected to require $47 million in state money, which is needed to receive $74 million in federal funding.
The governor says Grand Island should be "in the driver's seat" for the project, but he argued that competitive bidding was the most transparent and cost-effective approach.
Grand Island and Kearney both expressed interest in the project during an Appropriations Committee hearing on Monday.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.