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Highlights of Governor Sandoval's Final State of the State Address

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Governor Brian Sandoval delivered his fourth and final State of the State address in the Assembly Chambers of the Nevada Legislature Tuesday night.

Governor Sandoval discussed the following:

  • ·         Senator Aaron Ford and Speaker Frierson will be the first African-Americans to concurrently lead both majorities in both houses.  
  • ·         The governor called this the “most transitional decade in Nevada history”.
  • ·         Governor Sandoval asked Nevada to join him in “rejecting the counterproductive divisiveness of partisan politics”.
  • ·         The unemployment rate has improved to 5.1%.
  • ·         Nevada is seeing record high visitor volume.
  • ·         Governor Sandoval’s biennial budget is $8.1 million.
  • ·         The budget will add to a “Rainy Day Fund”.
  • ·         The new budget includes $21 million to enhance career and technical education programs at Nevada’s four community colleges.
  • ·         The governor has proposed the construction of a new college of engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • ·         By 2019 Nevada will have invested $80 million to establish UNLV’s Medical School.
    • The new budget commits $107 million additional funds towards a weighted student funding formula.
    • $42 million to expand successful zoom school programs
    • $30 million to increase victory school resources for students living in poverty
    • $30 million more in per-pupil funding for special education students
    • $5 million for gifted and talented programs
  • ·         The budget includes $60 million to fund the Nevada education savings account.
  • ·         There has been $6.5 billion added to renewable energy projects.
  • ·         Tesla will expand its investment in Nevada by producing the electric motors and gearboxes for the Model 3 at the Gigafactory.
  • ·         Governor Sandoval introduced the Juvenile Justice Reform Act, which streamlines and standardizes criteria to match youth with the most effective services.
  • ·         The budget also includes $43 million to build a veterans home in northern Nevada.
  • ·         The Nevada Indian Commission has applied to the National Park Service for Stewart Indian School to be designated as a national historic landmark.
  • ·         The Governor has created an executive order, the Governor’s Committee on Energy Choice.
  • ·         The budget includes $11.5 million in funding for elderly care.
  • ·         There will be a 10% excise tax on all retail sales of recreational marijuana.
  • ·         Governor Sandoval brought forward the ‘Explore Your Nevada Initiative’, to enhance outdoor experiences in Nevada.
  • ·         The governor says for the remainder of the term he will fight the storage of high-level nuclear waste in Nevada.
  • ·         Nevada is the first and only state to allow Wagers on eSport.
  • ·         Construction has begun on the first phase of I-11, the Boulder City bypass, expected to be complete by 2018.
  • ·         The Neon Highway is expected to be complete by 2019.

To watch the full speech or read the full transcript of the State of the State address visit http://bit.ly/2iNpukO.

Governor Sandoval's address was followed by the Democratic response given by State Senator and Majority leader Aaron Ford of Las Vegas. To see that speech visit http://bit.ly/2k2ZdRi.

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