#StateOfTheState: Sisolak to present his agenda for Nevada

The new Governor, Steve Sisolak, aims to lay out his plan at the State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 16. (KSNV)

When Governor Steve Sisolak, D-Nevada, steps up to the podium Wednesday evening, Jan. 15, at the legislature in Carson City, he'll be thinking about teachers like Pablo Rivas, who teaches science at Eldorado High School.

Here's what Rivas, a teacher with 15 years of experience, would tell the Governor, "I believe that we need smaller classes in our schools."

It's one teacher's suggestion for a governor who says he's listening.

Wendesday night, improving education will be, if not the headline, then one of them from Nevada's new governor, who will lay out his agenda during his first State of the State address.

The speech presents the outline of the budget priorities the Governor will use as his blueprint, and will serve as the starting point for the Legislature, which begins meeting on Feb. 4.

The legislative session runs for four months.

“Hopefully, you all know education is my number one priority as we embark on our administration,” Sisolak told a Las Vegas audience Friday, Jan. 11, at the Clark County School District's State of the Schools event.

Wednesday night, that administration will be 10 days old.

One thing the Governor wants is more school funding.

He wants to move millions of marijuana money back into schools.

Right now, it's funneled into Nevada's savings account, the state's 'rainy day' fund.

The fund is now flush at almost $300 million.

You'll probably hear about other priorities, too, such as boosting the economy.

As Chairman of the Clark County Commission, Sisolak was a huge backer of the Raiders Stadium and the jobs it brought.

Wednesday night, you may hear about how he wants to improve health care.

“I am committed to cracking down on the rising cost of prescription drugs, blocking any effort to roll back protections for preexisting conditions,” the Governor said at his inauguration.

The Governor's address will be before both houses of the Legislature, both controlled by Democrats.

“Steve Sisolak has the benefit of having solid Democratic majorities. There are a lot of things he could propose,” says UNLV Associate Professor of History Michael Green.

Sisolak will have tax revnue to spend from a relatively healthy economy: $8.8 billion will be in the general fund at his and lawmakers' disposal. .

Back at school, here's what Math Teacher Jennifer Manning wants, “I need a system that supports kids and teachers."

Along with the money to pay for it, which the Governor will spell out Wednesday.

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