CARSON CITY — Minutes after laying out an ambitious agenda in his first State of the State address, Gov. Steve Sisolak spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal about his goals for his administration and how he plans to follow through on his promises for Nevada.
His pledge of no new taxes grabbed headlines and even earned some praise for the Democratic governor from Republican lawmakers. But Sisolak’s blueprint for the Silver State also called for significant increases in education spending, including a pay raise for educators, along with stricter gun laws, increased Medicaid reimbursements and more.
“That’s what I campaigned on, that’s what people voted for, and that’s what we’re going to deliver,” Sisolak said in the interview.
He’ll have the benefit of a Democratic supermajority in the Assembly and a a near supermajority in the Senate. But Sisolak, who earned a reputation as a deal-maker in his time as a higher education regent and Clark County commissioner, knows that accomplishing his lengthy list of goals will take compromise, and he’s promised to work with Republicans to make his vision for Nevada a reality.
“We need to put partisan gamesmanship aside,” Sisolak said “We’re here to do a job. Let’s get the job done. Let’s listen to everybody and come up with reasonable proposals.”
While Republicans expressed support for his pledge of no new taxes, leaders of the party caucuses, including state Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Gardnerville, say Sisolak’s proposal to retain two taxes that are scheduled to be reduced or phased out is effectively a new tax.
“When a tax expires and you renew it, I think the N-E-W part of that means it’s new,” Wheeler told the Review-Journal Thursday. “Unless they can make some kind of deal with the Senate on that side, I