Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 | 9:51 p.m.
- Soft words during State of the State hide Nevada in pain
- State budget heavy on cuts, light on solutions
- Teachers not pleased with most of Sandoval’s speech
- In response, Democrats say taxes might be part of budget solution
- Quotes on Sandoval’s budget, speech
- Sandoval calls for education overhaul, job cuts in State of the State
Comments on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's State of State address and budget proposal:
"The worst thing you could do is raise the tax on struggling families and struggling businesses." -- Gov. Brian Sandoval during remarks to the press after his State of the State address.
"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 Gov. Sandoval offered a budget that would gut public education - and our kids' futures as a result. ... I will not accept a budget plan that extinguishes all hope for a new Nevada built on better schools." -- Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas.
"I think the governor left out a lot of details and I think they are going to be severe to our state and be hard to recover from." -- Jan Gilbert, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.
"I thought it was a wonderful speech. The hallmark of it was the sincerity." -- Bob List, former Nevada governor and member of the National Republican Committee.
"I was very disappointed, balancing the budget again on the backs of our students again and state employees. I don't know how you do it without mostly layoffs." -- Jim Richardson, Nevada Faculty Alliance.
"I'm hoping that when the Legislature looks at it they'll feel as good about it." -- Sam McMullen, business lobbyist.
"We believe the size and scope of Nevada's financial difficulties are greater than the governor indicated -- and demand still more thought if the job is to be done rights." -- Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas.