When I started following Brian Sandoval, he was running for re-election. He would kick off his re-election bid in an old railroad car in Elko , Nevada. The railroad car was a symbol of the Transcontinental Railroad given that most of The Nevada cities along the I-80 corridor owe their beginnings to the railroad.
At the time, the state of Nevada got its ass kicked after the Bush economic collapse. Nevada unemployment was between 13% and 14%. Of course, by then, many people ran out of unemployment benefits and simply quit looking for work. In reality, the Reno job market mirrored East Berlin after the fall of the Berlin wall. The Reno metro housing and construction market was a wasteland. The outlook in the Reno-Sparks area was dismal.
Brian Sandoval went undeterred. Instead of regressing into a Carteresque malaise, “Sandy,” or Sunny rather, grabbed Nevada by the bootstraps. The dude put on a big smile and went to work. With Sandoval at the rudder, he steered the Nevada legislature into lowering state and local taxation on new big business. As a result, Nevada recruited Tesla, Google, electric car manufacturing, and a large list of high tech companies. Under Sandoval’s leadership, Nevada is fast becoming the alternative energy epicenter of the USA. In addition, while governor, Nevada’s roads were beautifully maintained and topped off by “Project Neon.” Good job Rudy two shoes.
In order to fill these jobs of the future, Sandoval revamped the entire Nevada education system and focused curriculums on new technology jobs. He also funded a massive medical complex for the University of Nevada Las Vegas. For the sons and daughters of legal immigrants, he enacted English first learning programs. Sandoval’s education initiatives lowered high school drop out rates to below 11% among Hispanics. Sandoval also instituted no bullying legislation into the Nevada School system and was way ahead of the power curve when it comes to dealing with violence in the school system. He then focused on school safety protocols. Sandoval dedicated his second term to the children of Nevada and followed through completely.
On the healthcare front, Sandoval implemented the most successful health exchange in the nation. The Silver State Exchange, as it is called, was the most inexpensive and punctual internet-based exchange in the country. He then saved rural Medicare service and recruited healthcare companies to service rural Nevadans.
As far as the military, Sandy built a war memorial in Las Vegas and an old soldiers home in Northern Nevada. Moreover, he visited his troops in Afghanistan.
Today, 1 million jobs have been created. Nevada unemployment sits at 3.3%. This means that 10 people out of 100 now have a job.
During Nevada’s comeback, mother nature was not kind to Nevadans. Heavy snowpacks, temperature fluctuations, and torrential rains turned Sierra Nevada rivers into raging waters that flooded many parts of the Sierra East slope. The floods then gave way to massive fires. The biggest most hurtful setback that Nevadans endured is when Steven Paddock saw fit to murder 58 people from a window at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. Las Vegans were shocked and horrified but pulled together. The rest of the world simply said “to hell with that mentally deranged Steven Paddock” and came to Las Vegas in droves to show support and respect. Today, Las Vegas will become the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders complete with a new Stadium.
In the scheme of things, Brian Sandoval’s tenure as the governor of the Battle Born state of Nevada will be considered to be the most successful governorship in the Silver State’s history. He left things better than he found them. He led dynamically through good times and bad. The dude gave it 110% every single day and it shows. He will be missed and extremely hard to replace. In fact, as a Paul Laxalt protege that cleaned sheep pens, Sandoval has eclipsed Paul Laxalt’s legacy of excellence. There is no replacement.
Sandoval made Robert laxalt’s ” Sweet Promised Land” a whole lot sweeter.
I am going to pop the cork a little early on this one. Bravo!!!!
Oh, by the way, the Raiders still suck!!!!
This is great news! We must remain on course and continue to seek out new opportunities. https://t.co/4PF9gmgicT
— Governor Sandoval (@GovSandoval) June 19, 2018