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Senate Republicans refuse to play ball on budget test votes

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Mike McGinness

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Steven Horsford

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Senate Republicans rebuffed an effort Monday by Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, to force a vote in the full Senate on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s education budget cuts.

After Senate Minority Leader Mike McGinness, R-Fallon, read a statement supporting Sandoval’s budget, the 10 Republicans sat still, refusing to participate in a show of hands vote on whether to cut kindergarten through 12th grade education funding.

“Let me cut to the chase here, I’m supporting the governor’s budget,” state Sen. Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, said when it became clear Horsford intended to hold a series of votes on individual cuts to education proposed by Sandoval. “We don’t have to go through line item process. Put me down however you want, I’m supporting the governor’s budget.”

McGinness chided Horsford for using the floor of the Senate to poll lawmakers, then read his statement calling Sandoval’s budget a responsible way to deal with state spending in a recession.

“Yes, we are open for discussion and compromise on the budget, but tax increases will not and should not be part of the solution,” McGinness said.

McGinness said his statement, a blanket support for Sandoval’s budget, stood in lieu of his caucus’ vote on any of the education measures Horsford wanted to gauge support for.

“We have three weeks before these budgets have to be closed and if it’s a majority vote, then it’s a majority vote,” Horsford said. “But we gotta know if we are going down one path or another.”

Reminiscent of a similar budget hearing in the Assembly last week, Senate Democrats opposed the budget. The Senate hearing mostly avoided the acrimony that marred the Assembly debate, but exhibited no less intransigence on both sides of the aisle.

“To me the governor’s budget is unacceptable,” Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, said. “I won’t vote for it. I will not.”

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  1. @roseanrose...Really?

  2. The big secret is that Democrats don't want to cut the budget at all but want to increase spending despite a prolonged recession. The other secret is that Brian Greenspun doesn't know the difference between deficits and shortfalls

    In other news you could cut Head Start and other pre-K programs and eliminate teacher advanced degree bonuses and save the state and local governments substantial amounts of money while doing no harm to the students.

    You could also eliminate class size reduction and save nearly $300 million and likely do no harm to students (about 85 percent of the studies say nothing happens or students are harmed by class size reduction only 15 percent say students benefit).

  3. There is enough and to spare in this state. Gold keeps going up, up, up. Mining Billionaires are taking the gold out of the ground and essentially "taxing" every person in Nevada by not adequately paying for it.

    Perhaps . . . instead of talking about hurting kids, becoming last in the nation in education, and asking 300,000 + students in K-12 to pay the debts of overextended loans, construction problems and real estate investment. . . we should ask the BILLIONAIRES who are earning money hand over fist to pay the 5% they should.

    $4.3 BILLION in deductions do not have to taken - even half of that, would fully cover this debt.

    The GOP isn't about staying within a budget - they are about protecting corporate mining billionaires from having to pay anything at all.

  4. The minions want more, we don't. Educational spending is a waste of taxpayer dollars to the extent that the system is broken and seriously flawed. It doesn't matter how many trillions we throw at education, you just can't spend to educate kids who have no desire to learn or work for their education. Kids have to be held accountable for their choices and given boundaries that they are held accountable for their choices. Education is about entering adulthood and becoming self supportive in life, nothing is free and you have to earn it to learn it. Kids and young adults are given too many freedoms and are treated like royalty and have no accountability for their choices or lack thereof. They're kids and the liberals have created a system that hasn't worked and will never work, it will continue to create a lazy generation who expects everything for nothing. Until we remove the liberal agenda from our educational system and allow parents to be parents and the system holds these kids accountable and stop blaming everyone else, no amount of money will educate anyone.