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.