State of Nebraska Archives: on Environment
Support REINs Act to control our bureaucracies
Unlike my Democrat opponent, I would have supported the REINs Act that would have put important controls on our bureaucracies that are undermining our economy, small businesses, and our local governments.
The bureaucracies were not intended to be a fourth branch of government, and they need to be made accountable once again.
Source: 2016 Nebraska House campaign website DonBacon2016.com
Nov 8, 2016
Base gas tax on price, not volume, to pay for highways
The latest Bruning TV ads criticize both Fischer and State
Treasurer Don Stenberg, the third major candidate vying for the Republican Senate nomination. The ads accuse Fischer of raising taxes with her 2008 bill to create a gasoline excise tax based on price, instead of volume, and for other votes that triggered
gas tax increases by authorizing more highway construction.
She calls the Bruning ad disingenuous because, as a former state senator, he knows that under Nebraska's system, gas tax increases are triggered by consumption levels and the amounts budgeted
for road construction. Public safety demanded additional money for highway construction because Nebraska had fallen behind, she said.
"It's very misleading to the public," she said. "It's trying to oversimplify a complex system."
Source: Omaha World Herald on 2012 Nebraska Senate ad review
May 12, 2012
Vetoes 25% State Park Fee Increase
Raising fees during these economic times is not the appropriate way to better state parks; government should be analyzing how to reduce expenses. Compounding these uncertain economic conditions are increasing energy costs, health insurance premiums,
and fuel prices. With increasing fuel prices, Nebraskans are going to stay closer to home. Increasing park entry fees will discourage Nebraskans from enjoying the outdoors and visiting Nebraska's attractions.
Source: 2011 Nebraska Gubernatorial press release
May 12, 2011
Increase flexibility in the Conservation Reserve Program
Increase flexibility in the CRP: With the call for increased grain production and the need for good conservation practices, Scott Kleeb believes we must take a hard look at the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Keeping in mind both sound conservation and responsible budget requirements, Scott will bring together agricultural leaders to determine whether early release of environmentally stable lands
while maintaining other environmentally challenged lands for a longer period of time would achieve both grain and feed needs and conservation commitments.
With better land management to free up prime farm land for agriculture and ensure conservation of important resources, we can both preserve the land for sportsmen and guarantee optimum growing potential.
Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.23
Aug 19, 2008
Develop a long-term water strategy
DEVELOP LONG-TERM WATER STRATEGY: Farmers, communities, and homeowners face significant challenges from water. Scott Kleeb believes we must do more to better predict and address our growing water issues.
Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.24
Aug 19, 2008
- Preserving the Ground and Surface Water
Conservation Program. This program is essential to help farmers modernize their irrigation systems so they can grow more with less water.
- Long-term water planning committee.
- Conservation efforts. Scott is committed to enhancing
& encouraging conservation efforts that are practical, affordable, and effective.
- Better drought forecast and readiness. The National Integrated Drought Information System Act would establish a national center to study and predict droughts
in coordination with other organizations.
- Research and development. It is critical that we increase funding for the next generation of irrigation techniques, such as subterranean drips, and developing crops that require less water.
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