- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a bill intended to streamline road projects and address a housing shortage.

Ricketts approved the three measures Thursday at a bill-signing ceremony.

One seeks to streamline the process state officials use when working with the federal government on road projects. Another would merge the state roads and aeronautics departments into a Department of Transportation. The merger isn’t expected to save money but could allow state officials to put more money into runways and roads without sacrificing jobs.

A third measure is expected to give developers who build or rehabilitate homes in rural Nebraska more funding options, creating a state rural workforce housing investment fund.

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