Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak delivered his first State of the State address on Jan. 16, 2019.
CARSON CITY (FOX5) — With teachers threatening a strike, the Nevada Legislature this week freed up tens of millions more for teachers, but they said it’s not enough.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced May 14 that a bill was introduced to allocate some marijuana sales revenue to school funding amid growing frustrations with local teachers regarding pay and talks of striking this fall.
In a press conference, alongside Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, Sisolak said his team is working to satisfy the wishes of educators in the Las Vegas Valley.
Sisolak said his team has been working tirelessly to reform outdated budgeting processes and put money “directly into educators’ pockets.”
“A short while ago, a bill was introduced on the senate floor that requires all revenue from 10% excise tax and retail sales of marijuana be deposited into the Distributive School Account moving forward,” Sisolak said.
The marijuana tax money is currently allocated to the state’s “Rainy Day” fund.
Sisolak referred to this previous funding as “political gamesmanship.”
The goal is to “fence off the funds” necessary to increase teacher pay.
Meanwhile, teachers are threatening to strike if the Legislature doesn’t come up with the money needed to fund the school district.
“We’re looking at schools that are unsafe because they’re over crowded. It seems like we can’t go a week without finding another gun in schools, pay has been frozen for the last couple of years,” teacher Elizabeth Cambell said.
Days after Sisolak’s pot announcement, educators were told on Friday that lawmakers had freed up to $250 million through