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October 24, 2014

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Republicans are the wild card in budget deal

The Assembly and Senate are in session, going through the ceremonial portion of the agenda.

The biggest buzz is what Assembly Republicans will do. They don't have enough votes to kill the deal to find $340 million in loans and cutting, but could throw a partisan wrench in the proceedings.

Gov. Jim Gibbons, Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert, Speaker Barbara Buckley, Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford and Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio all signed off on the deal, that includes a $160 million loan and cuts to a variety of services.

Gansert, when asked what her caucus would do, said "We are still working on

it."

She said members are worried there are not enough in payroll reductions,

though she noted past attempts to reduce pay have not held up in court. She

also said the local governments that the state is borrowing from - mostly

rural municipalities - want some assurance about how the state would pay it

back. She said she expected some testimony about that, to reassure the local

governments and the Republican members who represent those areas.

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