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Thursday, October 22 2020 | Download Press Release

Today, the Nevada Mining Association (NVMA) announced its support for Ballot Question 1, which will benefit our state’s higher education system by bringing accountability, transparency, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s university, colleges, and community colleges.

 

Established in 1913, the NVMA conducts education and lobbying on behalf of mining companies throughout the state. Mining employs 11,000 individuals statewide and plays an important role in the state’s economy, especially in mining communities and counties.

 

NVMA President Tyre Gray said about the endorsement:
“Nevada’s mining industry relies heavily on workforce training and other programs provided by our community colleges, which have been targeted recently for budget reductions and even possible elimination. Because of this, we are endorsing Ballot Question 1, which will bring accountability, transparency and oversight to NSHE and the Board of Regents. With a system in place for checks and balances, we can ensure that taxpayer dollars benefit these crucial programs and continue to support rural Nevada and industry such as ours.”

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Tuesday, October 20 2020 | Download Press Release

Clark County’s top prosecutor, District Attorney Steve Wolfson, has endorsed Ballot Question 1, which will improve transparency, accountability, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.

 

Wolfson has served as district attorney for the largest county in Nevada since 2012, and previously held the position of Las Vegas City Councilman from 2004 to 2012. He joins a growing, bipartisan list of supporters that includes representation from labor, education, business, first responders, government, chambers of commerce, and mayors of cities throughout the state.

 

District Attorney Wolfson said this about his endorsement:

“As the head of a public agency that provides a crucial service to the community, I know how important it is to serve taxpayers with integrity. The passage of Question 1 will ensure that NSHE and the Board of Regents are more transparent in their actions and held accountable to all Nevadans, like every other public agency in the state. Furthermore, Question 1 will instill a level of oversight and checks and balances to ensure that higher education resources will benefit institutions, faculty, and students as intended.”

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Monday, October 19 2020 | Download Press Release

Momentum for the Yes on 1 campaign is increasing as more organizations throughout the state are endorsing Ballot Question 1, which will improve transparency, accountability, and oversight of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.

 

The Yes on 1 campaign has steadily attracted support since launching its efforts in June. Led by a coalition, Nevadans for Higher Quality Education, the measure will provide a level of checks and balances to ensure that taxpayer dollars benefit higher education students as intended.

 

Support for Question 1 crosses party lines, with backing from current and former Republican and Democratic lawmakers throughout the state including four mayors: North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, Henderson Mayor Debra March, Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford, and West Wendover Mayor Daniel Corona.

 

Understanding the vital connection between higher education and a diversified economy, numerous business organizations are backing the initiative including the Vegas Chamber, the Latin Chamber, the Las Vegas Asian Chamber, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada in Reno, and the Nevada division of the National Federation of Independent Business.

 

Ballot Question 1 has also garnered endorsements from labor unions and first responders citing the need to maintain and preserve workforce training programs and affordable education options, such as those offered by our community colleges. These groups include the SEIU Local 1107, Nevada AFL-CIO, Culinary Workers Union Local 226, the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers, and the Professional Firefighters of Nevada.

 

The Clark County Education Association, Nevada’s largest union of teaching professionals, has also endorsed Ballot Question 1 as have others involved in education including higher education students, alumni, faculty such as Truckee Meadows Community College Biology Professor Scott Huber, and past presidents of several of the state’s colleges, including Dr. John Gwaltney, former President of Truckee Meadows Community College and Dr. Carol Lucey, former President of Western Nevada College, and Chet Burton, former President of Western Nevada College and NSHE CFO.  

 

In addition, the measure has been endorsed by the two largest newspapers in Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun.


Click  here for the entire list of endorsements, which continues to grow.

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Saturday, October 17 2020 | Download Press Release

To coincide with early voting, the Yes on 1 campaign will begin airing a television spot in Clark and Washoe counties Monday. The :15-second spot, titled “Finally,” will focus on how a “yes” vote on Ballot Question 1 will benefit Nevada’s higher education system by finally bringing accountability, transparency, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents that has operated for decades without a system of checks and balances in place.  

 

The spot supplements the current paid advertising and social media campaigns that are funded by a large coalition of donors. The Yes on 1 campaign is spearheaded by Nevadans for Higher Quality Education and supported by a bipartisan, statewide coalition that includes education, business, labor, chambers of commerce, former community college presidents and other statewide leaders concerned about higher education in our state. While Nevada is 16th in per-student funding spending $1 billion biennially, the state is ranked just 46th in college attainment. Additionally, our college graduation rate at all state higher education institutions is below the national average.   

 

The spot can be viewed here.

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 
 

Tuesday, October 13 2020 | Download Press Release

Mayors representing various cities across our state have signed on to support Ballot Question 1, which will improve transparency, accountability, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.


Mayors of cities, small and large, stretching from north to south, join a bipartisan, statewide coalition that includes representation from labor, education, business, first responders, government, and chambers of commerce.


Those supporting the initiative include North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, City of Henderson Mayor Debra March, Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford, and Mayor Daniel Corona representing West Wendover.  


Mayor Lee, who represents North Las Vegas, one of the largest cities in the state, shared how Ballot Question 1 will provide much-needed oversight to higher education:

“Question 1 is needed for one simple reason – to provide oversight on how money meant for higher education is spent. We invest $1.2 billion a year on higher education, which is among the highest in per-pupil spending in the country; however, we rank near the bottom in student achievement. We can change this by bringing accountability and transparency to NSHE and the Board of Regents. I am happy to support Nevada’s college and university system by voting “yes” on Question 1.”

 

Mayor Tedford, who represents the City of Fallon, explained how Question 1 will help universities and colleges, including those in rural areas of the state:


"I support Ballot Question 1 because it will bring accountability and transparency to NSHE and the Board of Regents. This will benefit faculty and students in universities and colleges throughout the state, including the Western Nevada College branch found right here in Fallon. Additional oversight of our higher education system will help make sure that taxpayer dollars benefit students and workforce training programs, including the rurals, as intended." 

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Tuesday, October 2 2020 | Download Press Release

The Service Employees International Union, Local 1107, has officially endorsed Ballot Question 1, which will improve transparency, accountability, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.

 

SEIU Local 1107 represents nearly 19,000 workers across Nevada, including workers at public institutions throughout Clark County and nurses and healthcare workers at nearly a dozen hospitals statewide. Support from this organization adds to a large and growing bipartisan, statewide coalition that includes representation from labor, education, business, and first responders.

 

SEIU Local 1107 President Kevin Carey had this to say about the organization’s endorsement:
 

“Nevada has struggled during one of the worst economic crises in our state’s history, but we now have the opportunity to better prepare for our future. A “yes” vote on Ballot Question 1 will create accountability, transparency, and oversight of NSHE and the Board of Regents that has long been lacking. By streamlining the bureaucracy of these two agencies, taxpayer money meant for higher education will funnel to the classroom, helping to better prepare our workforce for the future.”

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Friday, October 2 2020 | Download Press Release

Today, the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO) officially endorsed Ballot Question 1, which will improve transparency, accountability, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.

 

NAPSO, which is the largest affiliation of AFL-CIO public safety associations in the state, joins a broad, bipartisan coalition that includes representation from education, labor, business, first responders, and government. The coalition also includes Democrats and Republicans, rural Nevadans and those from both Northern and Southern Nevada.

 

NAPSO Executive Director Rick McCann elaborated on the endorsement:

 

“As law enforcement professionals, our members and their families rely heavily on the varied and affordable educational opportunities offered by Nevada’s higher education system. This includes community colleges throughout the state as well as universities north and south. Ballot Question 1 will provide more accountability, transparency, and oversight of NSHE and the Board of Regents, which will in turn ensure that public dollars meant for these programs go where they belong. This is why we are encouraging our members to vote “yes” on Ballot Question 1.”

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Friday, September 25 2020 | Download Press Release

Today, the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada (PFFN), announced their endorsement of Question 1 that would create transparency, accountability, and oversight of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.

 

The PFFN, which represents thousands of Nevada’s bravest men and women, works to create greater skill and efficiency among its members through comprehensive training and instruction. This nod from the PFFN stresses just how important workforce training and education are to the well-being of residents and communities throughout our state.

 

In response to the endorsement, PFFN President Todd Ingalsbee said:

“The Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada represent over 2,700 active members across the state from Elko to Carson City to Reno to Las Vegas. We support Ballot Question 1 because we want to see more accountability, transparency, and oversight of our public dollars going to workforce training programs that help our members. The Board of Regents have continually played games with our colleges and universities and even now are seeking to close down community colleges and workforce programs when we need them the most for our economic recovery. Enough is enough, we deserve better.” 

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Wednesday, September 16 2020 | Download Press Release

Nevada’s largest union of teaching professionals has now endorsed Ballot Question 1, adding to the already growing, bipartisan coalition supporting the initiative which will ask Nevada voters to approve measures to improve transparency, accountability, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.


Ballot Question 1 has already garnered the backing of numerous members of the state’s education community including college faculty and leaders, educators, and students. This nod from the Clark County Education Association (CCEA), which includes more than 18,000 members, provides further confirmation that education is a top priority in our state.

 

CCEA President Marie Neisess explains why the union chose to support the initiative:

 

“While the focus of the CCEA is on primary and secondary education, our hope is that schools, educators and students at every level of education in Nevada are allowed to flourish. For years, higher education in our state has suffered as NSHE and the Board of Regents have acted without accountability, transparency and oversight. The passage of Question 1 will ensure that the state legislature - not NSHE and the Board of Regents - will govern and protect the individual academic freedoms of students and institutions. That is why we are encouraging our members to put education first and vote “yes” on Ballot Question 1.”

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Wednesday, September 9 2020 | Download Press Release

At its recent constitutional convention, the Nevada AFL-CIO unanimously approved support for Nevada’s Ballot Question 1, which will ask Nevada voters to approve measures to improve transparency, accountability, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.

 

With this endorsement, support for Question 1 continues to grow. In addition to backing from the business community and other sectors of the Nevada economy, the measure now has support from this key labor organization, which represents 150,000 union members and their families across the state.

 

Nevada AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Treasurer Rusty McAllister commented on the recent endorsement:

 

“Support for Question 1 is a vote for the future of Nevada. For years, NSHE and the Board of Regents have operated without accountability, oversight and transparency to the detriment of Nevada higher education. This measure will ensure that public dollars support well-deserving students and our higher education system, leading to economic diversification and ultimately getting Nevada families back to work. The Nevada AFL-CIO is happy to lend its support for Ballot Question 1 in an effort put the focus back on education and our economy.”

 

About Ballot Question 1
Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The question is formerly known as AJR5 and was passed with bi-partisan support by the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If Question 1 passes in the upcoming election, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Tuesday, July 21 2020 

LAS VEGAS – Today, the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce and the Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas-Nevada announced their endorsement of Question 1, a proposal to improve transparency, accountability, and oversight to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents.
 
Question 1 is already supported by a broad, bi-partisan coalition of community leaders with backgrounds in higher education, workforce training, business, labor, and government. 
 
In response to the endorsement and joining of the Advisory Board, President of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, Sonny Vinuya, said: 

“Nevada needs a governance system over higher education meant for the 21st century by ensuring the dollars we have make it to the classroom and are not left to the whims of the Board of Regents. Question 1 will help ensure those dollars end up where they belong by providing oversight, transparency, and accountability for the Board of Regents. The Las Vegas Asian Chamber is proud to endorse Question 1 and join the Advisory Board of the coalition seeking its passage.”

President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas–Nevada, Peter Guzman, also remarked: 

“The fact that Nevada spends $1 billion a year on higher education yet we rank 46th nationally in college attainment is precisely why I support Question 1. Enough is enough! Public dollars should be subject to transparency and oversight. We have an opportunity right now with Question 1 to bring the focus back to where it belongs, the classroom. The Latin Chamber of Las Vegas - Nevada fully supports a YES vote on Question 1.”

About the Chambers
Established in 1986, The Asian Chamber of Commerce (ACC), formerly known as the Pacific and Asian Chamber of Commerce of Nevada serves and represents the professional and business interests of Nevada’s growing Asian Pacific Americans, who are the fastest growing group in Southern Nevada and number around 220,000 in Clark County according to U.S. Census estimates. 
 
The Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce is the premier advocate for the Hispanic business, cultural, and educational community in Nevada. According to the U.S. Census, 31.6% of the population of Clark County is Hispanic and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and research firm, Claritas, estimates that nearly 37% of Las Vegas small businesses are Hispanic-owned. 
 

About Ballot Question 1

Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The ballot question, formerly known as AJR5, passed with bi-partisan support in the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If approved by voters this November, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Thursday, June 25 2020 

Today, YES on 1 announced the launch of its Advisory Board, comprised of community leaders, former officials in higher education, business organizations, as well as current and former elected officials from across Nevada. Each of these individuals and organizations is committed to the passage of Ballot Question 1, which will bring accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s System of Higher Education and Board of Regents. 
 
In response to the launch of the Advisory Board, former Truckee Meadows Community College President, Dr. John Gwaltney said: 
“Right now, every state agency is having to tighten its belt by reducing costs, furloughing employees, or reducing services and staff. Yet the NSHE system administration and Board of Regents are in the midst of approving multi-year, million-dollar contracts while asking our higher education institutions to reduce their budgets by up to twenty percent and to raise fees on students. Ballot Question 1 will ensure the public dollars we do have go where they belong: the classroom.” 

In addition, former business executive and community leader, Bill Noonan said: 
 
“As a former business executive, I know how important workforce development and diversification is to ensure we are more resilient to the next economic downturn. Too often, our public dollars have been squandered by the Board of Regents on their own pet projects – putting the burden on the citizens of Nevada and on the backs of students. Ballot Question 1 will provide a check on the governance on Nevada’s System of Higher Education and the Board of Regents.” 
 

YES on 1 Advisory Board Individual Members: 
Bill Noonan, Former Business Leader
Chet Burton, Former NSHE Chief Financial Officer
Doug Busselman, Nevada Farm Bureau
Dr. Carol Lucey, Former President of Western Nevada College
Dr. David Damore, UNLV Faculty
Dr. John Gwaltney, Former President of Truckee Meadows Community College
Dr. Robert Lang, UNLV and Brookings Mountain West Faculty
Gina Bongiovi, Community Leader
Glenn Christenson, Community Leader
Hon. Danny Thompson, Former Nevada Assemblyman (D)
Hon. Elliot Anderson, Former Nevada Assemblyman (D)
Hon. Joyce Woodhouse, Nevada State Senator (D)
Hon. Warren Hardy, Former Nevada State Senator (R)
Hugh Anderson, Business Executive
Madonna Long, Nevada Disability Coalition
Peter Guzman, Latin Chamber of Commerce
Ray Bacon, Nevada Manufacturers Association
Tom Burns, Business Executive and Chairman of the Vegas Chamber
Tom Kaplan, Business Executive
William Brown, Community Leader
 
Yes on 1 Advisory Board Organizations: 
The Council for a Better Nevada
Nevada Farm Bureau Federation
The Vegas Chamber

 

About Ballot Question 1

Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The ballot question, formerly known as AJR5, passed with bi-partisan support in the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If approved by voters this November, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

 

Monday, June 15 2020 | Download Press Release

Today, Nevadans for Higher Quality Education launched its campaign to pass Question 1, the ballot question asking Nevada voters to remove the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and Board of Regents from the state constitution. The campaign consists of a bi-partisan and diverse coalition of community leaders with backgrounds in higher education, workforce training, business, labor, and government.

 

In response to the launch of the campaign, Advisory Board member and former President of Western Nevada College (WNC), Dr. Carol Lucey, said:

“Nevada has benefitted from being one of the fastest-growing states in the nation; however, as the former President of Western Nevada College, I have witnessed how Nevada has struggled to adapt its governance and infrastructure to best meet the needs of an expanding and diversifying Western state. YES on 1 will modernize the governance structure overseeing higher education to reflect the differing missions of our colleges and universities and the evolving needs of our students.”

Former State Senator and Advisory Board member Warren Hardy (R) commented:

"As a member of the State Senate, I always felt my primary responsibility was to ensure transparency and accountability between the government and the taxpayers and constituents I was elected to serve. In my years as a legislator, I came to realize that one area of our government was systemically structured in a way that made those objectives very difficult to achieve. Our system of higher education is structured in a way that makes essential checks and balances nearly impossible. This creates conditions which are ripe for misuse. The taxpayers of Nevada deserve a system that both fosters public confidence and focuses on the true mission of higher education in our state”.
 

Council for a Better Nevada member, Tom Kaplan, also added:

“The $29 million-dollar budget of NSHE is larger than any other state’s and is larger than most of our colleges budgets. By comparison, states like Virginia have five times the number of colleges and universities, yet one-third of the employees in their system-wide office. We deserve better.”

 

About Ballot Question 1

Ballot Question 1 will provide accountability, oversight, and transparency to Nevada’s system of Higher Education (NSHE) and the Board of Regents by removing them from the State Constitution. The ballot question, formerly known as AJR5, passed with bi-partisan support in the State Legislature twice (2017 and 2019). If approved by voters this November, all of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question.

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