CARSON CITY– The Senate took big actions Saturday towards last adjournment with passage of the money to support state federal government for the coming 2 years and pay raises for state employees.
The votes on the 2 expenses were along party lines with Democrats in the bulk on AB-518 the General Appropriation Act and AB-517 for the salary increase of two percent in each of the coming 2 fiscal years. Both go to Gov. Brian Sandoval for his approval.
Republican politicians are still objecting the potential demise of the subsidy costs for parents who send their children to personal or religious schools. Typically these costs have had consentaneous assistance.
Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, said the appropriation costs offers $4.9 billion in the coming biennium, a boost of $544 million from today two fiscal year budget plan.
It goes to support the programs in the different companies and $1.9 billion for the Nevada System of Higher Education.
This state money remains in addition to the $16.2 billion in the permission act that has actually been approved likewise by both homes. The permission consists of the receipt of federal and regional funds, gifts, fees and fines.
Ford said the appropriation act consists of more than $1.2 billion as Nevada’s share for support of Medicaid.
The bill pays for various programs such as Meals on Wheels for the senior and the Tule Springs Park in Southern Nevada. The cash for the state jail system consists of funds to send 200 inmates out of state while remediation work is done at the Desert Springs Correctional Center in Clark County.
The basic appropriations act was authorized previously in the Assembly 25-14 and 12-9 in the Senate.
The pay raise costs AB-517 consists of $18.6 million next for the 2 percent pay increase and $38.4 million the list below year for state and university workers. The highway fund will likewise contribute $4.2 million for its transportation workers.
This annual two percent raise is the highest because the recession when salaries were frozen and employees had to take 6 unsettled day of rests. Last biennium, the workers got a one percent raise and a two percent in this .
The Senate on Saturday passed and sent out to the Assembly SB551 the subsidies offered state workers for their medical insurance coverage. The bill reserves $743 per month to pay part of the insurance coverage expense for state employees next year and $740 monthly in the list below year.
That expense was authorized 21-0.
Still to be voted on is the capital improvement costs that reserves loan for building projects for the coming 2 years. That stopped working in the Senate earlier today because it cannot get the two-thirds or 14 votes.
The Senate likewise decided not to bypass the guv’s veto on such costs as letting elderly prisoners from jail previously and enabling city governments to designate public places for marijuana use.