Nevada Higher Education Crisis Averted

The strangely dramatic story of Nevada’s higher education budget has come to a conclusion of sorts, just in time for summer vacation.

According to an article by Haley Etchison in The Rebel Yell, the student newspaper of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas:

Student activists’ last stand against steep reductions in state spending on higher education concluded with agreement among lawmakers to ask for smaller tuition hikes.

The approximately 20 higher education advocates who camped out on the lawn of the Legislature Building May 16-18 were vindicated last week when Carson City revealed a budget compromise that would add $80 million to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s original proposal for spending of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

It is, granted, rather unclear that it was the students camping out on the lawn in front of the Nevada statehouse that caused the funding increase. Still, it probably didn’t hurt.

According to an Associated Press piece in Business Week, the agreement was possible because the state agreed to extend “$620 million in temporary taxes that were set to sunset June 30” for another two years.

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