RELEASE: SENATOR FORD, CONCERNED RESIDENTS CALL ON GANSERT TO GIVE VOTERS AN HONEST ANSWER ON EDUCATION FUNDING

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March 10, 2016

 

SENATOR FORD, CONCERNED RESIDENTS CALL ON GANSERT TO GIVE VOTERS AN HONEST ANSWER ON EDUCATION FUNDING

 

RENO - Today, Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford held a press conference to call on Republican State Senate candidate Heidi Gansert to give voters a straight answer on her support for education funding in Nevada. Senator Ford was joined by Devon Reese, Democratic candidate for Senate District 15, and by concerned Washoe County residents and retired teachers.

 

Gansert has repeatedly refused to say whether she would have voted for the bipartisan tax package passed in 2015 that is pumping hundreds of millions of dollars of new funding into Nevada’s public education system.

 

“This is not a complicated question. Either you would have voted to improve our schools, or you would have voted against improving our schools,” said Senator Ford. “We should not tolerate politicians who refuse to tell us where they stand on such a fundamental issue. That’s why I’m standing with Washoe residents calling on Heidi Gansert to give voters straight answer about whether she supports bipartisan education funding.”

 

“I believe that if you’re going to ask people to vote for you, you ought to tell them where you stand on issues that affect their families,” said Devon Reese. “Education funding is a personal issue for me and my family because we have three kids attending Washoe County Schools. I’m proud to say I support the work Governor Sandoval and legislators from both parties did to improve those schools for all of our families.”

 

BACKGROUND: Republican Heidi Gansert has repeatedly refused to say if she would have voted for Gov. Sandoval’s bipartisan education funding package during the 2015 Legislative Session:

 

“Gansert would not say whether she would have voted for the $1.4 billion tax increase…”

[Reno Gazette-Journal: “Gansert Will Run for State Senate, 9/15/16 http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/09/15/gansert-will-run-state-senate/72350152/]

I don't even know where to start with newly minted state Senate candidate Heidi Gansert's refusal to embrace (or reject) the tax increase pushed through the Legislature by her former boss, Gov. Brian Sandoval.”

[Ralston Reports: “Gansert’s silence on tax increase is bizarre, ridiculous, and unsustainable,” 9/16/15 https://www.ralstonreports.com/blog/ganserts-silence-tax-increase-bizarre-ridiculous-and-unsustainable]

 

“But what would she have done had she been in Brower's place on May 15, when Senate Bill 483 come up for its fateful vote? (Brower voted aye.) Gansert has not answered directly, despite being asked the question by three Nevada journalists.”

[Las Vegas Review Journal: “Candidate's silence on taxes shows issue potent, 10/1/15, http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/columns-blogs/steve-sebelius/candidates-silence-taxes-shows-issue-potent]

 

On KNPB’s Ralston Live, Gansert refused to directly answer the following question: “If you had been in the Legislature, would you or would you not have supported that package?”

[Ralston Live, 11/20/15, http://watch.knpb.org/video/2365613896/]

 

Other Senate District 15 candidates are not afraid to take a position on education funding:

Republican candidate Eugene Hoover opposed the tax package [http://eugenehoover.com/abouteugene/]

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