Things are returning to normal at the state capitol as Carson City is digging out from a winter storm that caused the legislature to end early on Monday, its opening day. The weather continued to affect the Nevada State legislature Tuesday as well because the session started late.
The early release Monday, and subsequent late start Tuesday was all called for by Governor Steve Sisolak.
He sat down for a one-on-one with the 8 News NOW Politics Now team on Tuesday.
Gov. Sisolak has only been in office for nearly a month, but it’s already been very busy for the state’s new chief executive.
“It’s been a lot, and I’m enjoying it,” Gov. Sisolak said.
While Sisolak’s biggest concern this week has been a powerful northern Nevada snowstorm, there have been other pressing matters in the first few weeks of office that he’s been dealing with.
Chief among them is a secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to the Nevada National Security site.
“Now, I understand that they’re claiming it has to do with some security and national security involved with it, and national security and whatnot, but I think it’s incumbent upon the federal government to at least let us know what’s going on,” Gov. Sisolak said.
Sisolak says everything is on the table when it comes to trying to prevent up to six more tons from coming into the silver state.
“I certainly hope that’s not coming here, but there’s no way of knowing; there’s no way of knowing what’s already there, and it’s a big concern,” Sisolak said. “I mean it’s a concern what’s being stored there, it’s a concern about how it got there, the travel route and how safe that is when it’s being transported.”
Republican Assembly Leader Jim Wheeler also has been critical of Sisolak’s promise not to raise taxes during the next two years.
Sisolak plans on funding an $8.8 billion biennial budget based on increased revenues and preventing some existing taxes from sunsetting or expiring, which wheeler calls a tax increase.
“If some of the opposition to that want to propose cutting meals on wheels, or money that we’re putting into education, or mental health, or any of the other programs we’ve decided to step up to fund, let them tell me what they want to cut,” Gov. Sisolak said.