Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Schwartz ripped into his primary opponent Adam Laxalt’s recently-announced education “plan” in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal. With Laxalt’s intent to repeal a key source of funding that provides nearly $400 million every two years to Nevada’s public schools, Schwartz joins many other Nevadans in wondering how Laxalt will pay for his proposals.
“Is Mr. Laxalt going to raise taxes?” [Schwartz] asked. “I’m suggesting he’s going to have to. As state treasurer, the numbers just don’t add up.”
Reno Gazette-Journal: Schwartz bashes Laxalt’s education plan, renews threats against Raiders stadium project
By James DeHaven
April 6, 2018
Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz says Attorney General Adam Laxalt needs to check the math on his education platform.
Schwartz, considered Laxalt’s top Republican rival for the governor’s seat, on Friday blasted his campaign foe’s newly unveiled plan to fix Nevada’s worst-in-the-nation education system, dismissing it as little more than “glittering generalities” presented without a funding blueprint.
Laxalt, seen as the favored candidate among national Republican organizations and conservative mega-donors, said Wednesday he would seek to repeal a commerce tax adopted in 2015 under Gov. Brian Sandoval’s sweeping $1.1 billion education reform package.
He plans to pay for that repeal, expected to cost $380 million over the next two years, in part through revenue from marijuana taxes.
But Schwartz told the Reno Gazette Journal he doubts Laxalt can cover the cost of his education plan’s proposed raises, bonuses and reimbursements without a tax hike.
“Is Mr. Laxalt going to raise taxes?” he asked. “I’m suggesting he’s going to have to. As state treasurer, the numbers just don’t add up.”
A Laxalt campaign spokesman did not immediately return requests for comment on Schwartz’s criticisms.