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Q1. How would you increase funding and incentives to develop affordable housing for low and middle-income communities?
Q2. How would you support the growing number of renters in our state?
Q3. How would you increase the resources needed for our students and teachers to be successful?
Q4. How would you address economic and racial disparities in our schools?
Q5. How would you create a welcoming and supportive environment in Nevada for immigrants and their families?
Q6. How would you increase healthcare access and affordability in Nevada?
Q7. How would you increase community capacity around mental health and substance abuse?
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A1. Education Funding and Mental Health Care
A2. We have to look at our tax structure and see if there are ways to restructure some breaks which are happening…for all areas of our budget. When it comes to the incentives we have to figure out if the current incentives are working (which appear to be not so much) and come up with new ways to attract builders to this very important portion of our population. The codes at the county level are probably the best place to start, at the State Legislative level, however, there are some areas which need to be revisited.
A3. I think we have to continue the discussions which have already started. I know enough to know I don’t know the best way to handle this very difficult item. For me – it is being honest about not knowing the answers and asking others for ways we can help…and being open to that help, not already coming in with my mind made up.
A4. We need to do something around the fluctuating rental rate where the rent can double in just three months. SB151 (from the 2019 session) begins to address the power struggle between the renters and the property managers by changing the late fee cap is one step towards addressing some of the issues…but it only one step. We also need to start to address the eviction notice (how much time) as well as be realistic with rental deposits/notifications. We also need to continue to work on getting safeguards in place for our most vulnerable fixed income seniors.
A5. Involvement in the Northern Nevada Internal Center (NNIC) has taught me it is about not only acknowledging but also encouraging celebrations of the different cultures. Very difficult answer as our refugees are a “hidden” community as there are already fragile psyche involved with leaving their county. Our immigrants are feeling the same way. Probably the best – by offering my services and by knowing/sharing who to contact for help.
A6. Due to the COVID 19 situation, our Dept of Health is overworked and understaffed in Washoe County as well as the rurals (and more than likely Clark as well). We have a strong voice in the Legislature for Northern Nevada when it comes to the Health issues (both mental health as well as physical health) and other financial issues as we face this new reality. It is going to take us years to recover from the economic hit of the last two weeks (and future four weeks at least) and we have to protect some of the positives we’ve already started. The question, however, is more about increase the access not just the affordability. We have to figure out a way to not only attract more health care workers to Northern Nevada but retain them as well. The difficulty is how to do so – it is a partnership between the state and the counties. We have to have stronger communications around possible student loan forgiveness/incentives (easier said than done in the current economic crisis) but also ways to address the continual paperwork medical professionals are being expected to complete. After talking with some in the medical field the documentation/paperwork is taking over more and more time leaving less time for them to work with people. We need to figure out some ways to streamline the paperwork process through the legislative policies.
A7. We have got to do something about our substance abuse treatment options in Northern Nevada area! By pushing and pulling the Nonprofits to look outside of Clark AND by working with the Nevada Dept of Health in getting more providers. An idea is to work through the legislature and NSHE in providing for more opportunities (and maybe financial incentives) for Psychology and Counseling students from UNR to stay in the Washoe area. Too many of our students are moving out of state due to different incentives. Another item – again working with the Dept of Health to show how completely under-covered this very important field is in our area so proposing different incentives.
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A1. Priority review of developments with low income housing above a specified percentage. Moratorium on real property taxes with an ultimate goal be off forgiveness during a portion of construction development. Elimination of single family zoning.
A2. Rent control. Increase renters’ rights.
A3. Education is generally funded through a number of different resources, not the least of which are property taxes and sales taxes. Due to COVID-19, that’s going to be hard hit going into the next legislative session. We will need to figure out more creative ways to get funding to our schools in light of the new financial landscape.
A4. From individual families to the country as a whole, the pandemic has revealed how crucial early care and learning, educations systems and traditional afterschool supports are to our national wellbeing. The crisis has also laid bare the economic and racial disparities that persist and preclude equal access to these essential public goods. We know that educational programs implemented in the early years, along with coaching and parental support, provide the foundation children need to be successful in school and in life. We are also keenly aware of the impact of underfunding and the lack of educational resources, especially for communities of color and families with low incomes. These issues are exacerbated in the crisis context particularly as we grapple with the lack of sufficient, qualified teachers; access to age-appropriate curricula; the complexities of dual language enrollment; and the need for responsive interactions between teachers and children, among other critical issues. These challenges underscore an immediate and terrible urgency to the work to level the playing field for vulnerable children and families. Recognizing the greatest opportunities for responsive change-making exists within communities, to avert catastrophe and reduce the harm of COVID-19, Nevada should invest in early care and learning and expand in broadband for impoverished and rural communities.
A5. I think making sure that new Nevadans feel safe and welcome is really important. I think legislatively, Nevada should prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using any resources to help immigration enforcement. I think that would set the tone for those coming to know that they are welcome to the state. Secondly
A6. By adopting “state-specific premium assistance.” These state-administered plans could adjust the way subsidies are distributed in an attempt to attract young, healthy consumers and help individuals whose higher income makes them ineligible for federal tax credits. Additionally, I would expand the scope of practice of non-physician advanced practice clinicians in order to bolster our dismal healthcare workforce, regulate the coverage of telehealth services, and support emerging payment models.
A7. Improving Nevada’s behavioral health system requires an organized, comprehensive, and coordinated approach that eliminates existing gaps and enhances current services across the full continuum of mental health care. It also requires taking initial steps to system improvement while continually evaluating the impacts of these steps in the context of an evolving behavioral health system. With this being said, I would: 1) Support greater use of existing telehealth technology; 2) Address workforce shortages and interstate compact; 3) Seek full Medicaid expansion; 4) Standard Mental Health Education in K-12 Public Schools.
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