Nevada’s New Governor, Foolish as the Last
I just got this in my email from Steven Horsford. It’s a reasonably sane interpretation of Nevada’s disaster of a Governor. Is Nevada flushing down the toilet any hope of saving Nevada from becoming a third-world state?
There are some aspects of the governor’s speech tonight with which I agree: We must work together to pass a balanced budget. We must focus on economic development and put Nevadans back to work.
But tonight Governor Sandoval offered a budget that would gut public education – and our kids’ futures as a result. It would cut our school budgets by more than 14 percent. It would slash colleges by nearly 30 percent.
- This means laying off literally thousands of teachers and closing entire college campuses. Worse yet, he proposes to cut our children’s teachers’ pay by more than 10 percent. That’s just wrong.
- It means putting our children in classes of 40 students.
- It means eliminating sports and music, and ending gifted and talented programs.
- It means we cannot afford real reform to our schools or come even close to a tolerable level of funding for higher education – the engine of a new economy.
In short, this budget would dismantle public education.
I will not accept a budget plan that extinguishes all hope for a new Nevada built on better schools.
I will be looking for the best ideas among my colleagues here at the Legislature – Republicans and Democrats – to produce a balanced budget that leads us forward, not backwards.
The future of Nevada depends on you.
It’s looking pretty bleak, there, Nevada!