Nevadans Want Legislature to Focus on Education, Economy
With the 77th Legislative Session underway, lawmakers are shaping Nevada's future.
Many say that future begins with one thing.
"Increase the standards, increase the expectations in education," Gardnerville resident George Butler said. "That's the thing that's going to really grow the economy and attract businesses and entrepreneurs and things like that."
"I hope they do a good job balancing the budget and being responsible with our tax dollars," Reno resident Sheree Wesely said. "I hope they put a good priority on education."
During Governor Brian Sandoval's State of the State Address, he said his budget calls for $300 million of growth. That includes a $135 million increase for K-12 education. Right now, more than 37% of the general fund goes into education. But some say more needs to be done.
"It would be talking to teachers and parents, alike, and looking at what works in other states," Reno resident Meghan Wolf said.
The economy is still a big concern for many Nevadans.
While the unemployment rate is dropping, we're still tied for first in the nation at 10.2%.
"As an employer, I just recently found out that because of the money we had to borrow from the feds, to pay for unemployment, we're actually charged a fee to cover those expenses," Reno resident Brian Allman said. "So, when people say unemployment doesn't hurt, it really does."
Some say they would like the legislature to create more jobs by making Nevada more inviting for new business.
"I would like to see more growth, more opportunities for businesses in Nevada," Reno resident Juliene Allman said. "I know we have a good state for businesses to come into but I would like to see even more incentive."
Others say they want the state to better utilize some of Nevada's thriving industries.
"The mining is taking off," Butler said. "So, we can hope that's going to infuse some money into the state. And to a great degree, I support that."
Of course, these are all issues that lawmakers will be discussing until the session ends, in June.