Correction: NSHE still short on COLA raises

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NSHE's Las Vegas office on Maryland Parkway. (Nevada Current file photo)
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NSHE’s Las Vegas office on Maryland Parkway. (Photo: Hugh Jackson)

Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly earlier this week told area media that due to an error, the state budget for the upcoming biennium left NSHE $6.4 million short of what is needed to give system employees a 3 percent cost of living raise.

And as of Thursday afternoon, that’s still the case.

Asked earlier Thursday to clarify some statements tweeted Wednesday night that seemed to indicate NSHE and the governor’s office had resolved the error and employees might get their raises after all, NSHE spokesperson Francis McCabe initially told the Current in an email that “The answer to your question if the money for the raises is there, is yes.”

Shortly after that statement was published on the Current, McCabe called and said his earlier statement had been mistaken, and the budget shortfall is unresolved.

Reilly is scheduled to address the Board of Regents about the budget shortfall at their meeting Friday morning.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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