Today, Gov. Dave Heineman returned LB 194 to the Unicameral with a line-item veto of funding for an Omaha golf tournament. LB 194 contains numerous funding adjustments for Fiscal Year 2012-13.
Gov. Heineman stated, "We have a shared responsibility to utilize the taxpayer's hard-earned dollars in the most appropriate and responsible manner. Offering $200,000 of taxpayer funds to an Omaha-based golf event, that is already heavily supported by the private sector and experiencing record ticket sales, is not justifiable. At this time, with limited funding available for the budget bills and appropriation bills, funding for a golf tournament is not a priority use of taxpayer dollars."
A portion of the Governor's veto message follows:
"I vetoed $200,000 of General Funds appropriated in FY 2012-13 for the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament in Omaha. At this time, with limited funding available for the budget bills and appropriation bills, funding for a golf tournament is not a priority use of taxpayer dollars.
"When Members of the Legislature are being asked to reduce funding for bills from education to juvenile justice, it is not appropriate or fair to fund a golf tournament with taxpayer dollars. Even without the use of taxpayer dollars, this golf tournament enjoys very strong private sector support and has reached record ticket sales.
"I urge you to sustain this line-item veto of LB 194."