Governor Dave Heineman says he supports competitive bidding to replace an outdated veterans' home in central Nebraska, a project that has drawn interest from both Kearney and its longtime home city of Grand Island.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.