Nevada’s higher education chief warns, yet again, that budget cuts to state colleges will be trouble.

A year ago Nevada Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich pushed hard against proposed cuts,
saying angrily that,

If you want to continue to live in a state that consistently ranks in the bottom of every education and quality of life measure, then by all means, sit back and watch your state burn.

Well he’s seen the new budget and he’s unhappy. According to an article by Benjamin Spillman Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Klaich [discussed] a proposal by Gov. Brian Sandoval to cut state general fund money for higher education by $162.4 million, ratchet revenue back to $395 million in 2013 and return funding to 2003 levels despite a 30 percent increase in enrollment since then.

“I don’t care how you do the math, these are staggering numbers” Klaich said.

Cuts like these would virtually guarantee that Nevada public colleges would dramatically increase tuition, perhaps as much as 73 percent.

Sandoval, a Republican, believes such education cuts are essential, however. Sandoval senior advisor Dale Erquiaga said, “We only have so much money. To try to raise additional money through taxes will only make the economy worse.”

Nevada has one of the lowest tax rates in the United States of America. Nevada currently has no personal or corporate income tax at all. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer