The president of the University of Nebraska apologized Tuesday to Gov. Dave Heineman over questions about the funding of a $370 million cancer research center in Omaha.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Heineman has insisted that he supported committing $50 million in state money for the project with the understanding that that no local tax dollars would be used.
The governor has expressed surprise that the center would also use $40 million in tax revenue from Omaha and Douglas County, and on Tuesday he noted the university is "on the verge of losing my trust and confidence."
The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/Ui7h8D ) that later Tuesday, University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken acknowledged the misunderstanding with Heineman.
"It is apparent, however, that our statements were not always clear or consistent, and I understand the governor's concern. Governor Heineman and I have had a close working relationship for years, and I have personally apologized to him for any misunderstanding," Milliken said.
In a statement, Heineman said he appreciated Milliken's statement.
"It is now clear that the original proposal regarding the private fundraising was changed after the Legislature adjourned, and after I had signed the bill into law," Heineman said in the statement. "President Milliken and I have a very good, professional relationship, and I want that to continue. I accept his apology."
The $370 million project will include space for cancer research and care, and a new multi-disciplinary outpatient facility.
Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com
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Senator Heath Mello of Omaha says the government shouldn't be upset that 40-Million might come from Omaha and Douglas County.
Senator Heath Mello:
Mello says the governor should focus on way to move the project forward.
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