Now that the state Supreme Court has ruled that education savings accounts are constitutional, but lawmakers erred in how they funded them, handing them a mulligan, everything is on course to make ESAs a reality, right?
Not so fast, Bubba.
“Although the court found the current funding mechanism for Education Savings Accounts unconstitutional, there may be a path for a legislative solution,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “However, such a solution is complex and must be well thought-out to meet constitutional muster. I am still reviewing the full decision of the Nevada Supreme Court and it would be premature to speculate on the proper method to administer and fund this important program. I also believe it is important to consult with legislative leadership on this issue as we approach the 2017 legislative session.”
So, no ESA bill will be presented to the special session in which he hopes to dole out tax money for a domed stadium in Las Vegas to be built by a billionaire. That can be crammed through, but not ESAs.
The problem is that there is an election in November and it is entirely possible Democrats, with the backing of teacher unions, just might gain a majority in either the state Senate or Assembly. In which case, ESAs are dead for the foreseeable future.
There is a need for speed, Guv.