(Guest Post by Jason Bedrick)
In the wake of last week’s state supreme court decision, Nevada’s ESA is mostly dead. But as Tim Keller of the Institute for Justice noted–channeling Miracle Max–being mostly dead means it is still slightly alive. As I explain over at Cato-at-Liberty, whether it fully revived depends entirely on the lawmakers who won plaudits for enacting it in the first place.
On Monday, the Nevada legislature will meet in a special session to consider subsidizing a football stadium. If they have the time to waste on subsidizing stadiums for billionaires, then surely they can find the time to fund ESAs for children who want a better education while saving the taxpayers money.
Will Gov. Sandoval and legislative leaders fix the funding issue now–while they have legislative support for the program–and thereby cement their legacies in the history of education reform? Or will they risk having the the next legislature block such efforts, leaving only a legacy of squandered opportunity?
It’s their choice. Let’s hope they choose wisely.
$700 million for a stadium and $400 million for the Las Vegas convention center. In all, $1.1 billion for crony capitalists.
But Patrick, just think of all the intangible benefits the state gets from handing large sums of money over to the already wealthy and powerful! Really, you ought to be thanking them.