The G3Wire- August 11, 2023

This week, the Interim Finance Committee had a marathon 13-hour meeting to discuss Governor Lombardo’s plan to use $3.2 million in ARPA funds to fund the school choice program, Opportunity Scholarships.  Opportunity Scholarships provide funds for students who live in households whose income level does not exceed 300 percent of federal poverty guidelines to subsidize the cost of attending private schools in Nevada.

Part of the conversation revolved around the process for awarding funding to the scholarship grant organizations (SGOs). The current system resulted in one SGO receiving the full $6.6 million in tax credits that was available for the program, leaving other organizations without funding for children that were returning to the program. 

The Committee voted along party lines to reject the funding proposal.  

Governor Lombardo Statement on IFC Vote on Opportunity Scholarships

Lawmakers reject Lombardo plan to boost Opportunity Scholarships (NV Independent)

Federal Updates

Senator Cortez Masto Touts New Electric Vehicle Commission She Created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Rosen Awarded National Guard Association’s Charles Dick Medal of Merit

Rosen Helps Introduce Comprehensive Legislation to Protect Voting Rights and Strengthen Democracy

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State Agency and Local Government Updates

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GOED partners with SBDC for small business technical assistance

NDA Division of Animal Industry welcomes new Administrator

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Articles of Interest

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Nevada lawmakers greenlight $360 million in federal funding for broadband build-out (NV Independent)

Lombardo to fight ethics commission fine, censure in court (NV Independent)

‘CCSD is on fire’: Teachers pack school board meeting in protest (LVRJ)

Street food vendors are ‘open for business’ said NV governor; Clark County disagrees (NV Current)

Nonpartisan voters now outnumber Democrats, Republicans in Nevada (NV Current)

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