Gov. Sisolak: We’re moving as fast as we can

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:25 PM PDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:59 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Beyond disbelief is the overwhelming reaction from many people talking with KOLO 8 Evening Anchor Noah Bond about Gov. Sisolak's leadership over Nevada's Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR).

Bond talked with a Debora Decalogero who gave up a six-figure salary to pursue her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher.

She was working as a substitute to earn her teaching degree and then the pandemic took her source of income away.

"Are you out of money?" Bond.

"I'm out of savings right now," Decalogero. She applied for pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) May 16, because she did not make enough income to qualify for unemployment insurance and because she is also considered a gig worker.

She has not yet been paid.

"I want to show you a video. I want to know what you think about an exchange between Gov. Sisolak and a reporter. Here it is," Bond said to Decalogero.

Bond plays her a clip from Gov. Sisolak's news conference on his phone. It held in Carson City Wednesday, June 24.

"Is there any way to speed that up? That process?" asks an unnamed reporter in regard to PUA claimants.

"We are working through them as fast as we possibly can. They have to be done individually," responded Gov. Sisolak.

"You saw the Governor respond to a reporter about not being able to move at a faster pace. What are your thoughts about that?" Bond.

"Honestly Noah, I just felt like it was bull ****. I really did and I was disgusted," Decalogero. "You said you finally made a breakthrough Saturday (June 27). Tell me about that?" Bond.

"I got manager's approval. I got a letter stating I was eligible for PUA benefits." Decalogero.

“When you first learned that you were going to finally get the money that you are owed. Tell me about how you were feeling at the end of the day on Saturday. What you were thinking,” Bond.

"I felt so relieved I broke down into tears because I'm at the point now where money is tight. It's been 15 weeks and I've gone through all my savings and I don't want to lose everything I've worked for," Decalogero.

“You wake up Sunday morning. You see something. Something else. What is it and tell me about that,” Bond.

"I got up Sunday morning to a disqualification notice again and every single week was disqualified again," Decalogero.

Facebook administrator for the group Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Amber Stephenson says there was a massive wave of disqualifications Sunday morning at midnight.

DETR spokeswoman Rose Mendez wrote of the changes to Bond in an email, "We are working with the vendor on reported issues and monitoring the site."

The mass of disqualifications Stephenson says came days after attorney Mark Thierman filed a lawsuit against Nevada and DETR to pay.

"What would you like to say to Gov. Sisolak and Nevada's Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation?" Bond.

"Hire some people. Put them on 24 hour shifts. Eight hours three shifts. Get this work done," Decalogero.

"The Governor said he's going as fast as he can," Bond.

"Why? Why is that, 'As fast as we can?' There aren't enough people hired. They're aren't enough people hired," Decalogero.

As Sisolak says DETR is moving as fast as it can Decalogero says she has enough to pay her July mortgage and then she’s totally out of money.

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