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August 30, 2014

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Gibbons won’t cut education further despite growing gap

CARSON CITY – Gov. Jim Gibbons will not cut the budgets of public schools and the university system further, despite the growing deficit.

And the governor is looking at ordering unpaid holidays for state workers in addition to their 6 percent pay cut.

Andrew Clinger, director of the state Department of Administration, told the legislative money committees today no final decisions have been made after the Economic Forum predicted revenues that are $900 million short of meeting the governor’s budget for the next two years.

Clinger said that with the acceptance of the federal stimulus funds, the state is $450 million to $500 million short.

Members of the legislative committees tried to press Clinger on what additional budget cuts would have to be made.

Gibbons reduced the public schools budgets for the next two years by 2.9 percent and the university system by 35.9 percent, Clinger said.

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