Gov. Steve Sisolak announced two measures to increase funding to K-12 education Tuesday. Both are now pending in the Legislature. Behind him, from left to right, are state schools Superintendent Jhone Ebert, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson. May 14, 2019. (Bill Dentzer/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, D-Las Vegas, speaks on new proposals to increase education funding Tuesday. May 14, 2019. (Bill Dentzer/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Las Vegas, speaks on new proposals to increase education funding Tuesday. May 14, 2019. (Bill Dentzer/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CARSON CITY — Gov. Steve Sisolak and Democratic leaders announced a two-pronged plan Tuesday to help boost funding for public education in Nevada amid outcries from teachers unions that more money is needed.
That approach includes sending every dollar generated by the 10 percent marijuana excise tax — which currently goes into the state’s rainy day fund — directly into the state’s public education account. That will provide a boost of $120 million over the next two years to the state’s education coffers. That proposal was introduced Tuesday as .
Currently, only the 15 percent wholesale tax that was enacted as part of the voter-approved initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Nevada in 2016 goes into the state’s public education account. Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Las Vegas, said that one of the most common issues brought to her by constituents is their desire to see all of the marijuana tax revenue, including that 10 percent excise tax, go towards education.
“That’s exactly what the bill that was introduced today will do,” Cannizarro said during a press conference Tuesday. “This is an impactful solution we can bring to the table today that will redirect more money to our students and teachers who deserve it.”
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