Nevada’s infrastructure is struggling to meet the state’s needs with a growing population. The 2014 Report Card for Nevada’s Infrastructure gave the state’s infrastructure a grade of “C-.” The economic downturn from late 2008 through 2013 resulted in deferred maintenance, which took a toll on the state’s infrastructure. The Report Card identifies more than 15 billion in needs across Nevada’s critical infrastructure sectors over 20 years. Read More: https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/nevada/
From the Infrastructure Report Card
Nevada’s 17 counties each maintain their own school district. The two largest districts are Clark County and Washoe County, and a recent inventory of each of these two districts has revealed that approximately 45% of these schools are over 30 years old. A similar situation lies within rural Nevada, and in some counties, there are schools in operation with campuses over 100 years old. Studies have shown that for every dollar held back from operations and maintenance budgets, the increase in emergency repair budget escalates by 400%. In Clark County, the 2016 Future Capital Program is expected to be budgeted at $3.9 billion. However, a recent study has shown that unfunded needs are in excess of $6.5 billion with over $4.6 billion expected to be needed for modernization of existing facilities. In recent years, Clark County School District has twice gone to the voters for tax increases for school funding and have been voted down both times. In Washoe County, there is a $511 million shortfall in their capital improvement program. A recent Assembly Bill, AB 46, passed by the Legislature in late 2013 and expected to generate $20 million annually, failed to garner support from the Washoe County Commission and has been sidelined indefinitely. Another factor affecting Nevada in the long term is having modern facilities that can prepare students for high-tech jobs of the future. Recently business research found that Nevada currently lacks candidates for positions in software and hardware development. Modernizing our school facilities is another opportunity to improve the future job potential of the state.
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Darren is a union organizer in the southwest United States who believes that workers should be represented as a group in order to be able to live a better lifestyle.