CARSON CITY, NV - July 14, 2020
Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued the following statement after the Nevada State Assembly introduced a joint resolution urging the President and Congress to provide flexible funding for state and local governments for budget shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Due to COVID-19, state and local governments need robust and direct federal funding to help rebuild the economy and maintain essential services. I stand with the Nevada Legislature in their efforts to urge the President of the United States and Congressional Leadership to provide flexible funding to help fill our budget shortfall.”
“Without additional federal assistance, a slow recovery, or one in which Nevada lags behind the nation, the current economic and fiscal crises facing the State will be exacerbated. The time for flexible federal funding that can be used to replace billions in lost revenue is now.”
“I understand the difficult choices in front of the Nevada Legislature. Due to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to make impossible decisions regarding funding critical public health, education and more. Congressional leadership must act to help us restore devastating reductions being made to fill this historic shortfall.”
“I want to thank the members of Nevada's Federal Delegation who are tirelessly advocating for additional federal assistance for our State.”
Earlier today, Gov. Sisolak released the Nevada CARES Act Overview, a comprehensive document giving the public a detailed look at federal funding that has flowed into Nevada so far to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic. That document can be found online here.
Since early May, the Governor has joined a number of efforts to advocate for additional federal funding to prevent states from being forced to make impossibly difficult decisions, like the budget proposal the Governor put forward to the Nevada Legislature to fill a $1.2 billion budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor continues to advocate for urgently needed federal funding to assist Nevada and other states with historic budget shortfalls resulting from the ongoing pandemic. As laid out in the Nevada COVID-19 Fiscal Report, issued by Governor Sisolak on July 6, if such funding is received or actual revenues sufficiently exceed current projections, the Governor’s priorities for restoration of the reductions during the fiscal year are education, health and human services and the state workforce.