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Nevada 'State of the State' focusing on education, economy

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File photo of Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) giving his first State of the State address on Jan. 24, 2011 File photo of Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) giving his first State of the State address on Jan. 24, 2011

On Wednesday, Gov. Brian Sandoval will take the podium in Carson City, NV, to address the legislature and the state.

There is one issue, Sandoval says, is paramount.

"I'm going to be talking about education, K-12 - that's been a big priority for me," the governor told FOX5.

And the forefront of that conversation is likely to be about funding. One option that has been discussed is a 2 percent margins tax on big companies.

"He has a fairly bold agenda, but not a lot of resources to fund it," said FOX5 political analyst Mitch Fox.

Sandoval extended $620 million in taxes that were supposed to expire in 2011, much to the dismay of fellow Republicans. Now, that money is being used to help balance the budget.

"[Sandoval's] State of the State will be optimistic," Fox predicted. "It's just when we radically turn the corner toward prosperity - it's anybody's guess."

Dr. Stephen Brown, director of UNLV's Center for Business and Economic Research, adds the state has been slow to recover from the recession.

"We're in recovery. We're not out of the hospital. We still have a long ways to go here," Brown said.

On the job front, Sandoval set a goal to create 50,000 jobs by the end of his term.

"It's not [a goal] that would've been considered unreasonable back in 2000 to 2007, but based upon our recent growth, it's a very ambitious goal," Brown said.

Brown added that one key thing the governor needs to focus on is making sure that Nevada has an attractive business environment.

Sandoval would not go into specifics about his upcoming address when asked during his tour of the Consumer Electronics Show last week, but he said the state does have plenty of challenges moving forward.

"I met with the leadership and had some discussions with them," said Sandoval. "We're always going to have our differences, but we all know we're here for the people of the state of Nevada."

FOX5 will air Sandoval's State of the State address Wednesday evening. He is scheduled to begin his remarks at 6 p.m., followed by the Democratic response.

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