Sisolak: NV must spend more on mental health, but not raise taxes

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Governor-elect Steve Sisolak on election night. Photo: Michael Lyle

In an interview with KNPR’s State of Nevada Thursday, Governor-elect Steve Sisolak said he has no intention of raising taxes.

“I’ve committed, we’re not going to be raising taxes. That’s not my intent.”

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Governor-elect Steve Sisolak on election night. Photo: Michael Lyle

Instead Sisolak says the state “can do a lot with reallocation” of state revenue streams.

As an example, Sisolak pointed to the relationship between jail and Nevada’s mental health services.

“It costs us more to incarcerate an inmate for a day then it does to put him in a mental health facility. Currently, better than a third of the people we have in the Clark County Detention Center are really not criminals, they’re mental health patients. I’d rather spend that money treating their mental health issues than I would incarcerating them,” Sisolak said.

“We have a mental health crisis,” Sisolak added. “A big part of our homeless situation is mental health. Part of the violence, the crime situation is mental health.”

Sisolak said Nevada hasn’t adequately funded mental health “in the last decade or so, and I want to bring more attention to that.”

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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Great Idea, mental health issues is what’s causing all the shooting around this country, increasing the tax base on those greedy casinos would do it and it would help our education system also, we need someone with big Cojones to go after the casino companies and their lobbying machine.

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