Koenig did not grow up with grand political goals. “It's not like ever since I was 5 years old I said ‘I want to be the governor!' Koenig said. "And it didn't evolve that way. It just was more organic.”
Five educators turned lawmakers are joining the 2023 legislative session. They’re hoping to add context to issues such as inadequate school funding, safety concerns and recruitment and retention challenges.
His mentor is state Sen. Scott Hammond (R-Las Vegas), whom he met in 2010 when Hammond was knocking on doors for his campaign for the same seat Hibbetts now holds.
“I love this town, and I love this state,” he said.
The proposal, which was released Monday evening alongside the governor’s biennial State of the State address, sets the general fund budget at $11 billion over the next two years, an increase of more than $1.7 billion over the current two-year state budget.
During his inaugural State of the State speech, Lombardo announced details of his proposed two-year $11 billion budget, shared Tesla’s plans for a $3.5 billion manufacturing facility in Northern Nevada and pledged to provide raises and bonuses for state employees, although to a lesser extent than former Gov. Steve Sisolak proposed last month.
“I just wanted to, to the extent that we can, strengthen the rule against it, the penalty for it, make sure it never happens again, basically make it even more illegal than it was before,” Daly, who represents a Sparks-area district, told The Nevada Independent.
The appointment of former Republican state Sen. James Settelmeyer as director of the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) spurred questions this week over whether the appointment might clash with the Nevada Constitution.
Assemblyman Reuben D’Silva said all five of the bills he’s proposing are based on strengthening education in Nevada. He said his No. 1 priority is incrementally increasing the yearly education budget by at least $2 billion within the next 10 years, to match the national average per pupil dollars.
The outgoing governor announced highlights less than two weeks before he leaves office. The state’s Economic Forum projected earlier this month that the state will bring in $11.4 billion in tax revenue in the next two-year budget cycle.
Now, as Republican Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo prepares to take office next month, he and state lawmakers will have about $38 million (1.4 percent of the total amount) in flexible ARP funds to allocate by the end of 2024.