Reactions to State of the State speech

Assemblywoman Bonnie Parnell, D-Carson City

"I'm a little disturbed the governor would isolate just one program for education. One area not discussed at all is teacher compensation. We're still short teachers in many of our school districts. We need to look at equitable education for all and be very cautious when we start deciding some schools receive a higher per pupil funding than others."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno

"I'm supportive of what he said about kindergarten. At this time it's fiscally responsible to look at it, continue the at-risk program and see what it can do."

Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas

"All-day kindergarten isn't like all or nothing. There are ways to compromise. The education proposal - that's money taken from teacher incentives. And I hoped I'd see some mention of vocational education, giving students other alternatives than college."

Assemblyman James Settelmeyer, R-Gardnerville

"I've talked to every kindergarten teacher in my district and the concept of empowerment, giving principals and teachers the power to make changes in their system is very attractive to them."

Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, vice chairwoman of Ways and Means

"I didn't hear much about access to health care. And there's no Medicaid reform. He mentioned transparency, helping consumers use health care, but that's something we already proposed. And renewable energy. Turning coal into liquid. That's a step backward. Where's the focus on sun, wind and geothermal."


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