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November 27, 2014

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Assembly moves ahead on two budget bills

Assembly passed the first bill, calling for the sweeping of government accounts, unanimously.

The second bill, which would allow the loan of up to $160 million, faced a rebellion from conservatives, but passed 32 to 10. Of the 10, most were rural Republicans. Those who spoke, like Assemblyman Pete Goicachea, R-Eureka, said while they did not mind the idea of the "line of credit," they wanted to see larger cuts to state employee salaries.

Assemblywoman Peggy Pierce was the lone Democrat to vote against it.

Republican Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert, of Reno, tried to rally the base, promising more substantive cuts later.

She got only four votes.

She had said earlier that she voted against the bill in committee as a protest, but said it's necessary to get the state to the session in February.

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