Parents get shutout in Republican sellout

When Gov. Brian Sandoval declared there would be no special session to wrap up unfinished legislative business, I knew he had thrown in the towel and education savings accounts were toast.

There were ways the ESAs could’ve been saved, as one newspaper columnist pointed out Sunday. Sandoval could’ve used his veto and Republican state senators could’ve held their ground. But no. They folded, surrendered, slunk away with their tails between their legs.

The 8,000 to 10,000 students hoping their parents could keep some of their tax dollars so they could afford to send their children to private schools were left high and dry.

But everyone saw it coming from far off. When Sandoval included a mere $60 million for ESAs in his budget — less than half the money needed to cover those already singed up — you knew his heart wasn’t really in it.

In fact, back in October when Sandoval called a special session to give away tax money for a football stadium in Las Vegas and failed to include ESAs, the handwriting was on the wall.

I predicted at the time that, if a majority of Democrats were elected to either the Senate or Assembly in November, ESAs are dead, because not a single Democrat voted for ESAs in 2015.

After the governor’s state of the state speech I reported that it was billions for billionaires and pittance for parents. I was wrong. Parents didn’t even get pittance.

Elon Musk got his billions. The billionaire owners of the Oakland Raiders got their $750 million for a stadium plus $900 million for road improvements.

 

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9 comments on “Parents get shutout in Republican sellout

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, those “poor” old billionaires that don’t get to take money from the public schools that they can use to send their kids to private, more racists schools like the ones Betsy De Vos welcomes.

    What a shame.

  2. Steve says:

    what this has done is ensure, beyond any doubt whatsoever, Democrats and Republicans DO NOT WANT ANY “riff raff” in THEIR children’s private schools.
    ONLY the wealthy and well heeled are to be ALLOWED in those places.

  3. Bruce Feher says:

    Never liked this piece of garbage! He doomed our kids to the the worst “educational” system in the country, one infested with predators and which, in my opinion, is nothing but a “jobs” program for unions that don’t give a rat’s ass about our kids. And let us not forget the tax increase! Thank God his days in office are numbered. Nevada and America will be a better place when he fades into the sunset.

  4. deleted says:

    Will conservatives in the rest of the country learn any lessons from this I wonder?

    They held Kansas in a vice grip for years, slashing taxes and claiming that the growth being “held back” by those taxes and regulations would more than make up for those cuts (sounds familiar right?)

    Well, they didn’t. Kansas was stuck in a recession for the last two quarters, and it’s “growth” lagged far back from the rest of the country, and now even moderate republicans have finally told the conservatives that their plan failed.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/07/kansas-republicans-raise-taxes-rebuking-their-gop-governors-real-live-experiment-in-conservative-policy/?utm_term=.af9c0e4aaa84

  5. iShrug says:

    Call me cynical. ESAs were never going to happen. Sandoval’s January 2015 address said it all.

  6. That’s what happens when you have a pro abortion, unapproachable weak kneed RINO as governor. Your last two paragraphs say it all: After the governor’s state of the state speech I reported that it was billions for billionaires and pittance for parents. I was wrong. Parents didn’t even get pittance.

    Elon Musk got his billions. The billionaire owners of the Oakland Raiders got their $750 million for a stadium plus $900 million for road improvements.

    A pox on Sandyballs house…

  7. Rincon says:

    Too bad, deleted. Your link interferes with their perception of reality, so they ignore it.

  8. deleted says:

    Conservatives have destroyed Kansas Rincon, and all you hear are crickets.

    It’s because their intention, at least the ones in control, has always been to destroy. The fodder they feed to the masses is “we just want better schools” or “we just want to help small businesses” or “won’t somebody please think of the children” (well, maybe not that last one) but this is nothing but fodder.

    And with his budget plans, this is what Trump has intentions on doing to the country.

    To the cheers of conservatives everywhere.

  9. Steve says:

    Aren’t ESA’s still the law?…What prevents funding them at a later date?

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