State Legislature District 42: Groene vs. Pederson debate

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The incumbent and write-in candidate for the District 42 seat in the state legislature met for a debate Thursday night at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

Attendees had the opportunity to write in questions they wanted to hear the candidates responses to and each candidate had the same amount of time to answer.

Issues such as property tax, road funding and TIF funding were among some of the topics discussed.

When asked about how they feel about how the roads are currently being funded they said:

"I think our roads are adequately funded. The legislature doesn't have a lot to do with it. The gas tax comes in and we assign a quarter cent of the sales tax to roads. There are other minor revenues, but it's not in the general fund budget," said Groene.

"I think there are some really good projects that are coming along now that there is the additional funding available for roads. The Super 2 that will be going to McCook and there are a number of other projects and that will be a good one for our state," said Pederson.

Incumbent Mike Groene is running for reelection. Judy Pederson filled as a write-in candidate and received enough votes in may to appear on November's general ballot.

We have more on each candidate on our website
found here.