State of Nebraska Archives: on Technology


Chris Janicek: Supports a major infrastructure modernization program

I support a major infrastructure modernization program. This program will create millions of jobs and investments right here at home in our own country. We need to create an infrastructure department in government to analyze and administer projects addressing our roads, bridges, water treatment plants, shipping ports, airports, electrical grids and overall modernization of our country.
Source: Lincoln Journal-Star on 2020 Nebraska Senate race Apr 16, 2020

Deb Fischer: $21B for infrastructure, with funds from border customs

Sen. Deb Fischer and Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould agreed on the need to build and maintain highways, roads, bridges, railroads, broadband and more. But the candidates disagreed on appropriate levels of federal funding and on how or whether Congress should boost or replace those funds.

Fischer pointed to her bill to use $21.4 billion from the $46 billion in fees Customs and Border Patrol collects over five years from freight and passengers entering the country. The border agency only uses about $2 billion. The rest reverts to the general fund. "I don't think increasing the gas tax is sustainable," Fischer said.

Raybould said she would seek to roll back some of the tax breaks oil and drug companies received in the Republican tax cut bill. Revoking breaks for 17 oil and gas companies alone could generate $25 billion, she said. The tax law's corporate and individual income tax breaks for companies and people not paying their fair share should be repealed, she said.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska Senate race Aug 26, 2018

Deb Fischer: Develop broadband via rural development matching grants

The candidates emphasized the need to improve access to affordable broadband, but disagreed on how best to achieve that goal.

Fischer cited congressional efforts to aid companies willing to serve rural areas, and to help smaller companies buy wireless spectrum from larger wireless companies to sell Internet access. She cited her recent efforts during farm bill negotiations to make sure that broadband development qualified for matching grants under rural development guidelines. She continues to push for money from Universal Service Funds, financed by fees collected from cellphone users, to be spent at the state level to boost broadband deployment in rural and other underserved areas.

Raybould called for more direct federal investment. She said expansion of rural broadband should be treated the way the country once boosted rural electrification--as a public utility.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska Senate race Aug 26, 2018

Jane Raybould: Develop broadband via rural development matching grants

The candidates emphasized the need to improve access to affordable broadband, but disagreed on how best to achieve that goal.

Fischer cited congressional efforts to aid companies willing to serve rural areas, and to help smaller companies buy wireless spectrum from larger wireless companies to sell Internet access. She cited her recent efforts during farm bill negotiations to make sure that broadband development qualified for matching grants under rural development guidelines.

Raybould called for more direct federal investment. She said expansion of rural broadband should be treated the way the country once boosted rural electrification--as a public utility. She says federal investments, whether from existing cellphone fees, existing discretionary dollars, grants or tax bill rollbacks, should be directed at the areas receiving the least service now to stretch dollars further.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska Senate race Aug 26, 2018

Jane Raybould: Design infrastructure to withstand climate change flooding

On water quality projects and flood fighting, Fischer & Raybould both said they see a federal role for supporting the efforts of local natural resources districts.

Fischer pointed to her work to improve water quality and her efforts to ease regulations that affect Omaha's sewer separation project.

Raybould says Congress needs to be more creative in its infrastructure requirements, raising standards for roads, bridges and other infrastructure so they can withstand flooding in a changing climate.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska Senate race Aug 26, 2018

Scott Kleeb: Invest in roadway infrastructure to help farm productivity

Invest in and modernize our infrastructure: Grain harvested in rural America must be picked up by trucks, driven to railcars, and then shipped around the world. Our roads and bridges, especially in rural America, are not keeping pace with our agricultural productivity. Between the increased cost of fuel, state-by-state road regulations that limit what truckers can haul, and the elimination of railroad branch lines, everyone from farmers to shipyard operators are paying more for less. Failure to invest in our infrastructure--especially in rural areas--affects public safety as well. Scott Kleeb believes that we must modernize our critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and railways, and bring down the cost of fuel.
Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.22-23 Aug 19, 2008

Scott Kleeb: Broadband computer access in rural schools

Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.33 Aug 19, 2008

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
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Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
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