Governor Sisolak, Majority Leader Cannizzaro, Speaker Frierson issue joint statement on passage of Assembly Bill 495

CARSON CITY, NV – May 31, 2021

Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson issued the following statement after the Senate passed Assembly Bill 495, which creates a historic investment in education funding. The bill is now making its way to Governor Sisolak’s desk for signature.

"Over the last year, hard decisions had to be made and Nevadans faced unprecedented hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but through it all, I remained committed to the promise that we would emerge from this crisis and build a stronger, more resilient Nevada,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. “Today's passage of Assembly Bill 495 is one of the most significant steps our State could take on our road to recovery -- one that will provide a meaningful and dedicated investment for every educator, every student, and every family throughout Nevada. Today's historic vote was only made possible thanks to the partnership of education leaders, business and industry, a bipartisan group of legislators, stakeholders and community members. Our comeback will be strengthened by the continued collaboration and efforts of all Nevadans committed to working together for our families and a brighter future."

“Today we delivered on the promise we made to Nevada families that we would come out of this pandemic stronger,” stated Speaker Jason Frierson. “AB495 represents unprecedented collaboration from our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, progressive and education advocates, and our largest economic industry leaders who employ hundreds of thousands of Nevadans. Most importantly, this bill ensures that we have the resources to fund education at the record levels our children deserve.”

“Today’s vote is the culmination of a year’s worth of conversations about a more equitable revenue structure to help fund our schools,” said Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. “This bill is a major victory for our educators, students and families, and it will ensure that we can sustain significant investments in education. This bipartisan effort demonstrates what we can accomplish for our state when our education advocates, our state’s business community, and legislators from both parties work together. As a proud graduate of Nevada’s public schools, I am deeply appreciative of everyone who worked to make this bill a reality, and I’m proud to join my colleagues to make this historic investment in our kids’ future.”

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