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Dollars and Sense: A Crash Course on Nevada’s Education Budgets

Education first: It’s technically the law here in Nevada. Legislators must approve the K-12 public education budget before deciding anything else in the overall final budget. Does that actually have an effect on how much funding goes into classrooms? And what kind of challenges lie ahead in deciding the budget for higher education? Below, we speak with two legislators with experience in public education and major say in how these budgets come together. (more…)

Dollars and Sense: How Could Trump’s Health Care Actions Reverberate in Nevada?

$12 billion: That seems like a large sum of money. Yet look at all the programs stuffed in Governor Brian Sandoval’s (R) proposed health care budget. Medicaid. Mental health services. Nevada Check-up. The list goes on. Is his budget stretched too thin? And how can President Donald Trump and Congress make it worse? Let’s take a closer look at how much we truly value health care in Nevada. (more…)

Immigrant Rights Debate Takes #NVLeg by Storm with Senator Yvanna Cancela’s SB 223

It’s already one of the hottest bills in the Nevada Legislature, even though it will likely be amended to apply statewide what multiple police departments claim they are already doing. So why are opponents quick to label SB 223 “controversial”? I asked Senator Yvanna Cancela (D-Las Vegas) directly. See for yourself what the pro-immigrant bill’s sponsor has to say. (more…)

Nevada Legislature Votes to Ratify ERA with Final Passage of SJR 2

“We’ve come a long way, baby… But we’re not all the way.” That’s how Former State Senator Helen Foley (D) described the progress of women’s rights in Nevada up until now. She testified in support of SJR 2 in the Assembly earlier this month. Today, the Senate took the final step needed for Nevada to officially be put on record in support of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). (more…)