Update on the 2021 Legislative Session

Dear CSN Family,

Now that the 81st session of the Nevada State Legislature has concluded, I wanted to update you on how CSN and higher education in general did in several key areas.

On May 15, the State Legislature approved approximately $93 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) dollars to help the Nevada System of Higher Education hire back or fill frozen positions. This reduced NSHE’s total projected budget cuts from the anticipated $169 million to $76 million. This is good news for CSN, but unfortunately, this still means that we have an operating budget cut of approximately eight percent in FY 2021-22 and FY 2022-23. Additionally, these ARP funds are not a permanent restoration.

Lawmakers also passed a one percent cost-of-living increase for FY 2022-23 for all state employees (AB493). Professional employees will see the increase on their August 1, 2022 paychecks. Classified staff get an additional two percent if covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Classified employees will see the increase on their July 25, 2022 paychecks.

Despite the state’s overall budget cuts that resulted from COVID-19, CSN had a very successful 2021 legislative session. A summary of some of our legislative priorities are included below:

Even in a COVID-19 environment, CSN successfully carried out its first (and hopefully last) virtual CSN Day at the Legislature, which included premiering a video with testimonial support for our legislative priorities from Governor Steve Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron D. Ford, Superintendent Jesus J. Jara, and Senate Education Chairman Senator Moises “Mo” Denis, among other state leaders.

I especially want to thank all the administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders who worked together as a team to ensure that CSN’s voice was heard during this legislative session.

Thank you,

Federico



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