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Laxalt Has Opposed Sandoval’s Education Investment for Three Years, Failed to Offer Suitable Alternative

It’s been three years to the day since Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt has gone against his fellow Republican, Gov. Brian Sandoval, and opposed the governor’s signature investment in Nevada’s public schools.

During an interview with a Reno radio station, Laxalt said he’s “personally opposed” to Sandoval’s plan to make large corporations pay their fair share of taxes in order to fund much-needed improvements to Nevada’s public schools. Laxalt’s statement “[put] him at odds with the man who helped elect him for the second time,” as Jon Ralston reported.

Laxalt’s continued opposition to Sandoval’s public school boost has drawn sharp criticism from the governor throughout the campaign cycle. Sandoval has said that Laxalt’s plan to repeal the Commerce Tax, which provides nearly $200 million annually to Nevada schools, would “hurt kids.” During an interview with Ralston, Sandoval declined to endorse Laxalt, saying he couldn’t support someone who would devastate the state by cutting his key education funding program.

In an interview with a conservative columnist at the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week, Laxalt doubled down on his desire to repeal the Commerce Tax and did not offer a plan for how to make up the loss in funding, despite asserting, “we do not plan on reducing education spending.”

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:

“Adam Laxalt’s inflexible opposition to Gov. Sandoval’s landmark bipartisan education investment continues to define Laxalt’s campaign. If the governor won’t support a candidate from his own party because he would ‘devastate’ Nevada, why should voters believe Laxalt is fit to lead our state?”

See more from the NV Dems on the rift between Laxalt and Sandoval on education: