Posts Tagged ‘Mike Montandon’

One More Mike Montandon Web Video

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:56 pm June 8th, 2010

Remember Mike Montandon?

He’s been nothing if not consistent with web video output (having little campaign money for much else).  Here’s his special Primary Day message.

Very nice but a bit boring.  Which has been the story of the Montandon campaign, I’m afraid.

Better luck (and bigger bucks) next time, Mayor.

Governor Gibbons Unveils Education Reform Plan – Political Rivals Raise Questions

By Sean Whaley | 5:49 pm January 6th, 2010

CARSON CITY – Gov. Jim Gibbons today released a plan to make sweeping changes to the state’s public education system with what he said is an eye towards giving parents and local government more control over how state tax dollars are spent educating Nevada’s children.

“This is all about choice and efficiency,” Gibbons said. “We must give more control over our children’s education to their parents and take back power from bureaucrats, unions and other officials.

“We must start asking the question, if this dollar is not spent helping a child learn, then why is it being spent,” he said.

The plan calls for eliminating a mandate for class size reduction in the lower elementary grades and for the repeal of collective bargaining for teachers and local government workers.

Gibbons is running for reelection this year but faces a strong challenge from fellow Republican candidates in the June primary. He made his announcement in Las Vegas.

The plan provoked an immediate comment from Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, who is running for governor as a Democrat.

He said: “This is not a serious effort at education reform. It is a fundamentally flawed effort to solve a fiscal problem.”

Both Republican primary challengers, former U.S. District Judge Brian Sandoval, and former North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon, also raised questions about the plan.

“While I’m an advocate of school choice, expanding empowerment schools and increased parental involvement, I believe it is an extremely bad idea to be laying off hundreds of teachers in a time of record unemployment in Nevada,” Sandoval said in a statement.

The layoffs would occur if the class size reduction program was eliminated in the state’s public schools.

Montandon said the ideas are worthwhile, but he questioned the timing.

“I don’t see a problem with the content,” Montandon said. “But the timing is strange. He had a marvelous opportunity to do these things for the past several years.

“I’ve been pushing the ideas of school vouchers and merit pay for over a year,” he said. “These are not new ideas. Empowerment schools work. Vouchers work. These programs should have been put in place a long time ago.”

Gibbons’ proposals include:

- Cut multi-level administrative bureaucracies at larger school districts.

- Allow smaller districts to consolidate.

- Give local school districts the ability to use their basic student support funding at their own discretion rather than have the money earmarked for specific programs.

- Eliminate laws requiring local governments and school districts to enter into collective bargaining agreements with employees.

“Unions do nothing to help educate our children,” Gibbons said. “The unnecessary tax money expended for union negotiations and special benefits can be used in classrooms to help our children learn, not pay for union officials or promote costly and often hostile negotiations.”

- Adopt a statewide school voucher program for all parents and students to have school choice.

- Eliminate the elected state Board of Education and instead establish an advisory panel with members appointed by the governor and Legislature.

- Eliminate the requirement in Nevada law for class size reduction at the lower elementary grade levels. This alone would save $127 million in fiscal year 2011, Gibbons said.

- Eliminate a statutory requirement for full-day kindergarten. This would save another $28 million in fiscal year 2011.

“These and other proposals will save money and will pry our children’s education out of the hands of government bureaucrats and put it in the hands of parents and teachers,” Gibbons said. “These proposals will also help us through this unprecedented economic crisis.”

Gibbons is facing another year as governor with lower than expected tax revenues, the potential for severe budget cuts and an economy that includes a double-digit unemployment rate.

A special session of the Legislature to deal with these issues could come as soon as February.

Reid also questioned why Gibbons has proposed an education plan now, noting that two sessions of the Legislature have passed while he has been governor.

The plan, which Reid described as being from the “right wing playbook,” has come only now that his “back is against the wall and his political future is at risk.”

“I’m running for governor, but I’m also a parent,” he said. “I’d much rather have my child in a classroom with 19 other kids than 50 other kids. I think it is common sense that dictates that we want our classes to be as small as they can be.”

Education is critically important to diversifying the state’s workforce and creating an educated workforce for the future, Reid said.

As to the call for eliminating collective bargaining, Reid said Gibbons should work with involved parties to come to an agreement on how to solve the state’s pressing budget problems rather than calling people names.

“What we need is leadership,” he said.

Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Supporting Sandoval in GOP Governor Primary

By Sean Whaley | 4:25 pm November 30th, 2009

CARSON CITY – Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert, R-Reno, said today she is supporting Brian Sandoval in the 2010 GOP primary race for governor.

Gansert made her comments during an interview on Nevada NewsMakers.

Gansert said Sandoval, who stepped down as a U.S. district judge to enter the primary against Gov. Jim Gibbons and former North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon, will help the Republican Party attract support from a broader base of voters.

Some members of the Republican Party will continue to support Gibbons because of his no new taxes pledge, Gansert said.

“But again, our tent needs to be bigger,” she said. “I think that Brian Sandoval really could help motivate people to come to the polls on behalf of Republicans in a future election.”

Gansert said she believes there would be an advantage for a Republican candidate in the general election who appeals to the masses, not just to far right conservatives.

“I think there are many Republicans who are looking for a new type of leadership, someone who is a consensus builder, someone who will reach out for solutions, someone who is not going to stand on just one pledge,” she said. “And I think that we have that in Brian Sandoval.”

Heck to Sign Tax Pledge

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 6:29 pm September 16th, 2009
Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Heck will sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) at a private event on Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. in Las Vegas.

Karri Bragg, Executive Vice President of Citizen Outreach and former ATR staffer, will serve as an official witness of the signing ceremony.

Heck will join Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons in pledging to the voters of Nevada to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

The decision to sign the Tax Pledge comes less than 48 hours after fellow Republican Brian Sandoval entered the gubernatorial race and declared that he would not sign the Pledge.

The fourth Republican in the GOP primary race, former Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon, has not signed the Tax Pledge.