Following an October meeting of the Interim Finance Committee, just $135 million of the more than $2.7 billion state general aid (less than 5 percent) remained unallocated.
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In March 2021, President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion ARP federal stimulus package into law, delivering nearly $7 billion to Nevada, including $2.7 billion in flexible aid for the state government. Of that flexible aid, just 3.5 percent ($97 million) remains unobligated.
Guindon said roughly $400 million would go to the state's Rainy Day Fund, pushing the fund’s balance to a record high. In January, the treasurer’s office announced that the fund hit a balance of $340 million, amounting to about 85 percent of the pre-pandemic high for the fund of $401 million.
Amid an increase in fatal and non-fatal overdoses — including many caused by fentanyl misuse — Gov. Steve Sisolak and state health officials are creating a statewide task force focused on reducing and responding to the issue.
Nevada officials repeated that assessment, the report said, with one telling investigators that there was a “mindset” that “children need to go to residential” because of the lack of community services.
In a statement following passage of the allocations, Barbara Buckley, executive director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, called them a “transformational package of funding for children’s mental health services.”
One in 6 DMV jobs are vacant and the use of online services has dropped 2.4 percent year over year. The agency said about 200,000 transactions a year are done in person, when they could be completed online.
Since early February, lawmakers have approved grants for more than 50 organizations across Nevada, ranging from less than $11,000 for a hospital in Churchill County to $3 million for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows in Reno.
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled on three major election cases Tuesday that reshape the November ballot, allowing an initiative proposing open primaries and ranked-choice voting to proceed while voiding another measure proposing a voucher-style education program.