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CARSON CITY — State senators unanimously backed a bill Wednesday that would require NV Energy to close the Reid Gardner power plant near Glendale and replace it with cleaner power generating facilities.
Jim Guthrie, the 76-year-old former superintendent of Nevada, proposed last week that the state pay top teachers an annual salary of $200,000.
The perception of lobbyists involves polished representatives, paid for by large corporations, plying their influence for the benefit of mining, gaming, retailers and labor unions.
But you pay for lobbyists, too.
Would you believe there’s a bill in the Nevada Legislature upon which left and right totally agree?
A bill introduced by a liberal state senator that nonetheless attracted a trio of Republican votes on the floor? A bill that’s supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, the media and the Nevada Policy Research Institute? A bill that unions and the Independent American Party of Nevada can both support?
Reducing class sizes in Southern Nevada to the national average would take $1.2 billion over four years, according to figures released by the Clark County School District.
But it will take more than the will of the School District or its teachers union to bring class sizes down. The Nevada Legislature will have to agree — and find a way to fund the effort.
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid might get his way with Nevada’s renewable energy industry.
In February, he called for the state Legislature to strip “loopholes” out of Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which mandates that 25 percent of Nevada’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2025.
Legislators are now pushing a bill that would remove the “loopholes,” which are provisions allowing energy companies such as NV Energy to meet the standard through measures other than actual renewable energy production.
Just over a year ago Dr. James Guthrie became Nevada’s first superintendent of instruction to be appointed by Governor Sandoval. Guthrie has the most impressive array of lifetime academic and professional achievements of anyone who ever graced the Silver State’s educational hierarchy.
Last year, Governor Brian Sandoval made $181,586.49 in total compensation.
How many government employees in Nevada made more than the governor?
One hundred, five hundred … maybe a thousand?
No, nope and not even close. Over 2,000 government employees in Nevada made more in total compensation than the governor in 2012. Those employees include, a community services director in Washoe County making $184,343 and the parks and recreation director in Henderson making $219,402.
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