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December 18, 2014

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Sandoval signs budget bills to fund state government

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CARSON CITY – Without ceremony or comment, Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday signed five budget bills to run state government for the next two years, provide basic support for public schools and fund a limited construction program.

The total budget will be $17.9 billion, of which $6.2 billion will be from state general tax dollars. The other $11.7 billion is from the federal government, fees and other sources.

Assembly Bill 579 provides money for basic support of schools. The guaranteed support per student statewide is $5,263 for next fiscal year and $5,374 in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

In Clark County, the basic support per pupil will be $5,136 next fiscal year and $5,249 the following year.

The state’s construction program will include more than $40 million, with no major projects in place, but a large amount of rehabilitation of existing structures.

State workers will see their pay reduced by 2.5 percent and will take six days of unpaid furlough leave each year, bringing the total pay cut to 4.8 percent.

Approved by the governor were Assembly Bill 579 for funding of schools; Assembly Bill 580 for appropriation of the general fund; Senate Bill 503 to authorize expenditures; Senate Bill 504, which funds capital improvements; and Senate Bill 505 to pay bills.

The governor also signed Senate Bill 374 to allocate $150,000 for a study about funding for the university and college system.

Also signed was Senate Bill 276, aimed at stopping bullying and intimidation in public schools. It authorizes districts to set up training programs aimed at preventing bullying and to allow employees to attend the programs during school hours.

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  1. I was right, and Dr. Parker is technically wrong. The peak to present decline of the state budget is under 4 percent lower than the fall in personal income and GDP. The problem was that Dr. Parker looked at 1/3rd of the state budget and compared it to the overall economy.

  2. Are state employees still barred from step increases because that "pay cut" may leave them with just as much income as before (if not more) if step increases are back in play.

  3. I believe $5263 is a statewide average and the formula puts Nevada at a lower than average rate on account of higher local support taxes not guaranteed by the Basic support funding. It is a fairly complicated and silly process. Please note, this is not the totality of K-12 spending there are other local, state and federal sources funding K-12 education.

  4. Perhaps Southern Nevada is another state!Hahahaha

    Many in Northern Nevada feel it was that way, to be sure. These numbers do raise some eyebrows, as they really don't make much sense.

    The bottom is, to quote Tanker1975, "If School Districts are funded differently, that may raise some issues about equal funding for education. I believe that the are some lawsuits on the east coast on those issues. Also, Patrick, you need to disclose that you work for the NPRI."

    We know that Eureka doesn't need Nevada's money for education, as they have plenty of gold money coming in. But you would think, with all the big razzle-dazzle casino/resorts and big box stores here in Clark County, we would also have plenty of money for education. What gives?