This week, Governor Sisolak gave his State of the State address where he laid out plans for how Nevada will spend nearly $2 billion in federal pandemic relief money to confront some of the state’s most pressing issues. Below are some highlights from the speech:
- $500 million of federal relief funds will go to “Home Means Nevada” to lower housing costs.
- $300 million for affordable multifamily developments
- $130 million to preserve existing affordable housing
- $30 million to increase homeownership opportunities
- $40 million for land acquisition for future developments.
- $160 million investment to lower the cost of childcare.
- For the next year, the State will use federal dollars to cover the cost of school lunches for all students
- A bipartisan task force to reduce red tape for small businesses.
- To address healthcare he announced the following:
- NV will join the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium with Oregon and Washington to help lower drug costs
- Creating a Healthcare Workforce Committee to help with worker shortages in healthcare (doctors, nurses, and technicians)
- This year he will convene cabinet members, scientists, and climate leaders to create a statewide strategy for dealing with extreme heat.
- $4 billion to upgrade roads, bridges, and water systems.
- $500 million for new broadband infrastructure.
- $8 million for wildfire prevention.
- A Workforce Development Committee to explore ways to make community college or other apprenticeship programs free for more Nevadans by 2025.
- Stated he will be holding the line on no new taxes on the people of Nevada (note- he has raised taxes on mining).
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