Many of the proposals announced Wednesday — including plans for state employee and teacher raises — were originally in a balanced budget proposal submitted by former Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval at the end of his term. But two key changes are expected to give Sisolak about $138 million more to play with than Sandoval had projected.
Photographer David Calvert was in Carson City to catch the reactions from Nevada’s assembled lawmakers — both jubilant and wary — to a speech that marks the state’s first Democratic governorship in two decades.
Nevada lawmakers expressed everything from elation to skepticism after Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak unveiled his policy priorities Wednesday in the State of the State address, highlighting key issues — including state worker collective bargaining and minimum wage increases — that are likely to spur the most tension during the legislative session.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak is calling for a budget tens of millions of dollars above the one proposed by his predecessor, Brian Sandoval, adding a 3 percent salary increase for teachers, higher education employees and state workers, more clinics for people with mental illness and many other new spending initiatives, all without new taxes.
Even state lawmakers and elected office-holders who won’t be back on the ballot for two more years at the earliest continued to bring in large campaign contributions in the last two months of 2018, according to campaign finance reports required to be filed with the secretary of state on Tuesday. The reports span Nov. 2 to Dec. 31.
A new cycle in Silver State politics begins next month — the legislative session kicks off not only with the first Democratic governor in Nevada in 20 years, but also with a new crop of freshmen in a state Legislature that is majority female for the first time in American history.
A Clark County Education Association-backed campaign will be spending millions on social media and television ads during the upcoming legislative session — a bid to pressure lawmakers into additional education funding.
Reporter Michelle Rindels breaks down Nevada's different sources of revenue, including which taxes make the biggest splash and how much they are expected to bring the state in coming years. We also take a look at where the state may spend that money, based on recommendations from Sandoval.
An evaluation of the programs’ performance was a key condition of lawmakers approving funding for the initiatives and for a tax package to support the new spending. A similar review was released in 2017.
Two additional types of mental health professionals may soon be able to treat psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, should the Legislature approve a bill put forward by a state licensing board.
It wasn’t a political machine or influential office-holder that directed Dallas Harris to apply for and eventually be appointed to a seat in the Nevada state Senate. It was a post on Facebook. “A friend of mine mentioned that ‘Oh, look, there’s an opening in Senate Districts 3 and 11.'” He posted the link for the application and mentioned he was thinking of applying. And I thought to myself, ‘Let me just click this link here,’” she said in an interview on the IndyMatters podcast. “I felt like this was the time to step forward, so I did.”
Groups in four corners of the state have been meeting over the last year to contemplate how to better care for residents grappling with mental health issues, a population that oftentimes has no one to advocate on its behalf.
Gregory Hafen, the general manager of Pahrump Utility Company, was chosen by county commissions in Clark, Lincoln and Nye Counties this week as their selection to replace Hof, who passed away in October but was required to remain on the ballot under state law. Hof defeated Democrat Lesia Romanov in the November election with more than 63 percent of the vote.