Governor front-runners file |

Governor front-runners file

Both the Republican and Democratic front runner in the race for Nevada governor formally filed for office Monday morning.

Republican Jim Gibbons said he would seriously consider a rebate to Nevadans if there is surplus revenue in the state treasury while Titus rejected that idea.

Gibbons said much like giving a retailer a $5 bill for a $3 purchase, Nevadans are entitled to their change if tax revenues exceed needs.

“I think Nevada is worth investing in,” said Democrat Dina Titus, state Senate Minority Leader. “That surplus could be reinvested in the state.”

She said surplus money could be used as incentives to business to provide health insurance or incentives to provide day care for workers. She said it could also create an infrastructure fund to provide loans for school districts to build new schools or rehabilitate older schools.

Gibbons said he supports improving education, including giving teachers a “better salary.” He said his emphasis wouldn’t necessarily be on increasing the percentage of state money schools get but reducing the percentage of school money that goes for bureaucracy and expenses not related to actual teaching.

He said it would be an improvement “if we could get 65 cents of every dollar down into the classroom instead of 60 cents or so that gets there now.”

On construction, he said he would support moving more of the Southern Nevada Lands Act money from environmental and other uses into education funding to help pay for new schools and other needs.

Titus said she is planning a comprehensive economic development program, “not just providing a little tax incentive to California companies to come here.”

“We need to grow our own businesses,” she said.

And she challenged Gibbons’s commitment to renewable energy development saying he is “somebody who voted for millions in tax breaks” for big oil companies.

Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, also a Republican, also filed for governor Monday.

She did so at the secretary of state’s Las Vegas office.

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