Like clockwork, every biennium legislators and voters clamor to amend the Nevada Constitution in favor of a state lottery to raise money for our failing K-12 public ed — much like in Texas and California, states that have already raked in billions for education through lotteries. And we sure could use it: Nevada’s students are only funded at an average of $8,441, compared to the national average of $12,156.
Surprisingly, Nevada voters don’t realize some of the money they’d raise with a lottery exists already in the form of the State Supplemental School Support tax, aka IP1. This initiative petition, voted in during the 2009 session, raised dollars to supplement (as its name implies) the per-pupil spending in Nevada. As Nevada ranks at the bottom of the national list for public education funding, this was something to celebrate. - The Nevada Independent