(Michele Fiore) -Over the last few months there has been a lot of focus on the negative outcomes from the 78 session, mainly Governor Brian Sandoval’s tax hike that was passed without any consideration for Nevadans or Nevada business owners. While the elected officials who stabbed constituents in the back by passing this tax package, which was overwhelmingly opposed by voters, deserve to be reprimanded, today I would like to shift the focus and highlight some of the great things that have come from this past session and how they are now paving the way for a better Nevada.
First, a huge win this session was the repeal of blue cards for gun owners in Clark County. My friends at the Nevada Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association and the New Frontier Armory held a great event last month; residents came from all over Clark County to shred their blue cards in celebration of this long needed repeal. When we create more hoops for gun owners to jump through, like blue card registration forms, we are only discouraging good citizens from being able to protect themselves. This repeal is a step in the right direction for gun owners and non-gun owners alike in Nevada. An armed society is a safe and polite society.
Also, Nevada has become a leader in education since establishing the Education Savings Accounts program. This program allows any child who has spent at least 100 days in public school to receive between $5,100 and $5,700 per year. Families can use this money towards tutoring, private school tuition, charter school fees, textbooks and many other school-related expenses. I would like to encourage all families to take a look at their children’s current school situation, and question if they are in the best place for them. With this new program, Nevadans are encouraged to take control of their children’s education to ensure that their needs are being met.
Last, but certainly not least, Nevada has FINALLY opened it’s first medical marijuana dispensary. It was 15 years ago that Nevadans voted to legalize medical marijuana, and now we can finally see the positive benefits that this industry will bring to our state. Located in Sparks, Silver State Relief will be able to help Nevadans with a variety of illnesses. In addition to being a great resource for citizens, the cannabis industry has the potential to have a positive influence on Nevada’s economy.
Looking forward, constituents need to be sure that they are electing officials whose sole objective is to stand up for Nevadans. We cannot afford to have a repeat of the last session where so many of our representatives chose to turn their backs on voters by forgoing their running values to serve their own interests. If you are upset with the officials that have been elected do not give up your right to vote, instead become an active part of the solution and vote for the person you believe is a better fit. If you do not vote you are not rebelling, you are surrendering!
Mark your calendars because this month there are a couple of great events happening that you won’t want to miss out on. First, on August 22, the Active Republican Women are hosting “Hot August Nights”. This will be a great evening full of food, fun and fabulous conversations.
Then, on August 31, join Sue Lowden and her hosting committee as they welcome home Assemblywoman Shelly Shelton, Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman, and myself at the Santa Fe Mining Co. Tavern.
Last week I took my Grandson, Jake, to Disneyland to celebrate our birthdays. I always love taking a few days to spend some quality time with my family, especially my young grandchildren. There is something to be said about the importance of treasuring time with children while they are young.
Last week on “Walk the Talk with Michele Fiore” a very special guest, Ted Cruz’s father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, joined co-host Brian Wilson and me in the studio. It was such an honor to have this inspirational man on the show with me to talk about his son’s presidential campaign. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore represents Clark County Assembly District 4 (Las Vegas) and was reelected to her 2nd term in 2014. Michele has lived in Nevada since 1993. For more information about her, please visit www.VoteFiore.com.