May 29, 2018
29 May 2018

Political Update – May 29, 2018


Why more funding won’t prevent future CCSD budget deficits

By Victor Joecks
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 24th, 2018

When you don’t know what you’re talking about, use the children to send your message. That’s what adults upset over the Clark County School District’s budget problems have done.

“The school district is not paying teachers enough money, and that is hurting our teachers,” said Ryan Brady, 10, a fourth-grader at Stanford Elementary School. “That is also hurting the community, because you’re taking teachers away with budget cuts.”

Ryan was one of six students Wednesday supposedly upset about budget deficits. Be real. Adults — be they parents, teachers or union officials — turned these kids into media props. Being a cute 10-year-old might draw the cameras, but it doesn’t mean whoever wrote your script knows what they’re talking about.

In the short-term, there’s an obvious tension between Ryan’s two statements. If you pay teachers more, the school district — with limited financial reserves and no ability to raise its own revenue — will have fewer teachers.

The $68 million in budget reductions may be only the beginning, too. The district has yet to reach pay agreements with four of its five bargaining units — for the school year that ended Thursday. There’s also a pending $7 million award to support staff employees for work done during the 2012-2015 school years. The district appealed that a year ago.

Lose any of these decisions, and schools will have to use next year’s budget to pay employees for work they already did.

Quote of the week



“Asked to raise their hands if they would pledge not to raise taxes if elected governor, Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak both stood stock still. 
– Ken Ritter
“Guns, minimum wage, taxes among topics in Nevada Democrats’ debate”.
Reno Gazette-Journal,
May 22nd, 2018.

Guns, minimum wage, taxes among topics in Nevada Democrats’ debate

Reno Gazette-Journal,
May 22nd, 2018

LAS VEGAS — Gun control, minimum wage and taxpayer support for a Las Vegas stadium were among the topics two top Democratic candidates for Nevada governor sparred about Monday during a live televised debate just three weeks before the primary.

Asked to raise their hands if they would pledge not to raise taxes if elected governor, Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak both stood stock still.

Giunchigliani called the tax question premature.

Sisolak said he couldn’t predict what will happen in the next four years.

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