Nevada Current: Lawmakers slam governor’s office for leaving budget hole in fund for crime victims
After pretending to prioritize Nevadans’ safety on the campaign trail, Joe Lombardo’s proposed budget failed to replenish a fund to help crime victims that is on track to run dry next year. After leaving Clark County with a skyrocketing crime rate while he campaigned for a promotion, Lombardo is now disregarding the victims who are facing the consequences of his dereliction and didn’t even care enough to offer an explanation.
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April 26, 2023
- Lawmakers scolded the governor’s office for failing to provide a solution to fix a $2.3 million budget shortfall for program that provides financial assistance for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
- The fund, which is expected to receive less federal funds this year than anticipated, is at risk of being insolvent during the 2023-2025 biennium without additional money, lawmakers were told Tuesday during a joint hearing of the Assembly Ways and Means and the Senate Finance subcommittees on Human Services.
- In a statement following the hearing, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro said Gov. Joe Lombardo’s office “had months to bring forward a budget amendment to address the Victims of Crime Fund shortfall but has failed to do so.”
- “It’s easy to talk tough on crime when you want to score political points, but shortchanging funds for victims of crime is unacceptable,” Cannizzaro said.
- The fund is facing a $2.3 million total budget shortfall, and without immediate action the program won’t be able to compensate future claims during the biennium.
- Lawmakers questioned why the governor’s office hadn’t brought forward a budget amendment that takes care of the problem at hand rather than waiting for the interim, especially if a lack of funding could result in victims not receiving assistance.
- “I think it’s disingenuous on our part and probably a slap in the face to victims of crime to say the only way to take care of this is during the interim when we know there is a problem now,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe Moreno, adding that the interim fix proposed by the governor’s office would leave the funding “to depend on a bill that may or may not live.”
- “If we could get a budget amendment to take care of this now, I believe that’s what we should do as a body,” Monroe Moreno said.
- Young told lawmakers Tuesday the fund could be insolvent in the second year of the biennium.
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