Buckley: Governor’s budget would move schools to bottom

Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley today predicted Nevada could drop to 50th in the nation for per-pupil funding if the state adopted the governor’s recommended budget, which includes 6 percent pay cuts for teachers and the elimination of professional development for educators.

The budget is so out of whack that Buckley felt compelled to correct state Senate Majority Leader Steve Horsford, D-Las Vegas, who could not understand why the state is planning to cut adult education by 14 percent when the number of adults needing to complete their high school diploma is growing and the program is already underfunded when compared to traditional K-12 education.

“With all due respect to the Senate majority leader, I think you’re making a wrong assumption. I think you’re assuming the budget was constructed with rationality,” Buckley, D-Nev., said during joint legislative hearing on the budget this morning.

She said it would be foolish for the state to cut programs for the next two years and then try to restart them later. “That’s a waste of taxpayer dollars,” Buckley said.

Buckley made the statement at a legislative budget panel hearing on the governor’s proposed budget.

 

Contact reporter James Haug at jhaug@reviewjournal.com or 702-799-2922.

 

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