Gov. Ricketts, Auditor Janssen Agree to Compromise on LB935
Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970
Eric Maher, 402-471-1974
Governor will veto the bill and will work with the Auditor to address per diem issue
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Auditor Charlie Janssen announced they had agreed to a compromise on LB935, a bill requested by the Auditor to make numerous audit operational changes. Under the agreement, the Governor will veto the bill, and then will work with the Auditor on a new proposal for consideration in the next legislative session.
“With additional vetting, I believe we can achieve the policy objective of LB935 and reduce bureaucratic paperwork,” said Governor Ricketts. “There were several good government measures in this bill, and we will work on this issue before the next legislative session to come up with a solution that both respects the taxpayer and reduces bureaucratic audit processes.”
Under the bill, expense reimbursements would have been changed from paying state employees for their actual expenses to paying travel expenses based upon the federal government’s per diem travel rates. The Governor and Auditor agree that additional vetting of this measure will help provide a full understanding of the fiscal impact to the state and taxpayers. They will work together to propose and pass a new measure at the beginning of the next legislative session.
“I understand the Governor’s concerns and I appreciate his willingness to collaborate on a constructive solution,” said Auditor Charlie Janssen. “LB935 contained many good provisions that would benefit taxpayers, and we will bring those back next year along with a solution that will address the per diem issue.”
The Governor is expected to issue a formal veto of LB935 tomorrow.