Nevada governor candidate wants to use Raiders money for education

Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Treasurer Dan Schwartz said he wants to strip the $750 million taxpayer subsidy earmarked for the Raiders’ stadium and use it to fix Nevada’s much maligned public education system.

In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday, Schwartz echoed comments made Monday by Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who said if elected governor he would donate his salary until the education system improves. Current Gov. Brian Sandoval’s salary is about $149,000 per year.

To fix the education problems, Schwartz said, he would push to take the entire $750 million subsidy from room tax increases to help pay for the stadium and put the money towards education.

“You have to prioritize,” Schwartz said. “I’m happy to build a billion-dollar stadium. But I want to see the Raiders put up some money.”

Raiders President Marc Badain could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Schwartz said the money would be better spent hiring teachers, raising teacher wages and potentially offering new teachers “some kind of living assistance.”

“A lot of teachers cannot come to Nevada because they cannot pay the rent,” Schwartz said.

This isn’t the first time Schwartz has questioned the taxpayer subsidy for the football stadium.

When Schwartz announced his campaign in September, he said he wanted to use some, if not all, of that subsidy to fund the failed education savings accounts, a voucher-like program that would have given families money to spend on education.

The campaign for Sisolak’s Democratic primary opponent, County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, also took a shot at the $750 million subsidy and Sisolak’s support of it.

“Chris was the sole no vote against the Raiders stadium giveaway on the Clark County Commission. With Nevada’s public schools among the most under-funded in the entire country, she would love nothing more than to have back the $750M that Steve Sisolak was so eager to hand to millionaire NFL owners,” said Giunchigliani’s campaign manager, Eric Hyers. “Unfortunately, supporters of this deal wrote it so that Nevada voters and leaders can’t unwind it now.”

Sandoval’s office dismissed Schwartz’s plan as a “poorly thought out and impractical” headline grab.

“If the candidate was truly interested in funding education, he would have supported the broad-based, bipartisan commerce tax which funds Victory and Zoom Schools, Read by 3 programs, places technology in schools, invests in gifted and talented programs as well as many other initiatives that currently benefit the lives of thousands of Nevada’s students,” said Sandoval spokeswoman Mari St. Martin.

Contact Colton Lochhead at clochhead@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter.

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A program at T-Mobile Arena is designed to provide a more sensory friendly experience for guests.
Photo Booth Expo
Danielle May talks about how Simple Booth transformed her Volkswagen bus into a business.
Nevada Gaming Commission's highest fines
The highest fines assessed by the Nevada Gaming Commission, according to commission Chairman Tony Alamo: 1) Wynn Resorts Ltd., $20 million, 2019 2) CG Technology (then known as Cantor G&W Holdings), $5.5 million, 2014 3) The Mirage, $5 million ($3 million fine, $2 million compensatory payment), 2003 4) Stardust, $3 million, 1985 5) Santa Fe Station, $2.2 million ($1.5 million fine, $700,000 compensatory payment), 2005 6) Las Vegas Sands, $2 million, 2016 7) CG Technology, $1.75 million, 2018 8) CG Technology, $1.5 million (also $25,000 in escrow for underpaid patrons), 2016 9) Caesars Entertainment, $1.5 million, 2015 10) Imperial Palace, $1.5 million, 1989 11) Peppermill Casinos, $1 million, 2014
Tiny Pipe Home vs Shipping Crate
A Tiny pipe home was displayed at the International Builders Show this week in Las Vegas.
Auto repair shortage affects Las Vegas
The auto repair industry is facing a national shortage of workers.
Franchising industry booming
Experts say Las Vegas is a hotbed for the franchise industry.
Africa Love owner talks about his store in Las Vegas
Mara Diakhate, owner of Africa Love, gift and decor store, talks about his store in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Developer gets approval to build homes at Bonnie Springs
The Clark County Planning Commission has approved a plan to build 20 homes on the site of Bonnie Springs Ranch. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dig This opens new location In Las Vegas
Remember when you were a kid and played with construction toys in the sand box? Dig This Las Vegas has the same idea, except instead of toy bulldozers, you get to play with the real thing. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
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