Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has received tons of push back from Nevada citizens, educators, and legislators since giving his State of the State (SOTS) speech last month.
This past Saturday, two town hall meetings were held, one in Las Vegas and the other in Reno, and both were filled to capacity with many having to be placed in overflow rooms. The Las Vegas Sun reported that more than 1400 people showed up at the Las Vegas town hall and another 600 in Reno.
During Sandoval’s SOTS speech he emphasized that his budget plan will revitalize Nevada’s economy in the long run with redevelopment, reforms, consolidation of various agencies, and diversify the economy by bringing in new industries with higher paying jobs.
But one of the many things he left out is that most of the people who would work for those higher paying jobs would also have to be brought into Nevada because our education system ranks near the bottom in the Nation. And Sandoval’s extreme cuts in education will never improve Nevada’s long term economy.
Sandoval has admitted that Nevada’s education is near bottom in every category compared to every other State. Knowing this, he still doesn’t seem to understand that Nevada’s long term economic development and its success is directly tied to our education system.
After listening to President Obama’s State of the Union Speech, were he devoted nearly the entire first half of the speech on education and its impact on America’s economic future, there was no mistaking how out of touch Sandoval is with reality for Nevada’s economic future. In fact, you did not have to hear the President’s speech to understand that Sandoval does not understand. Common sense is all that is needed to understand the importance of a good education system.
In Sandoval’s speech he said “our education system is broken”, then he spoke about how important it was to slash our education systems budget. He spent the rest of his speech saying how Nevada’s economy will diversify with new industry, and with high paying jobs. But those jobs will be filled by out of State workers because of our education system and the worker pool it creates.
Sandoval’s budget plan will create a third world work force right here in our own backyards. And the industries that do come to Nevada will have a large pool of workers for low paying jobs.
Sandoval is short sighted when it comes to Nevada‘s long term economic development, which may be why he refused to show his budget plans prior to being elected, but the one thing Sandoval does have going for him is that he looks good in a suit. Maybe Rory Reid should have used the same tailor.
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