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Gibbons: Meeting ‘good start’ to solving budget problems

Governor says sticking points include K-12 and higher education reductions

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Gov. Jim Gibbons addresses the media after meeting with Assembly and Senate leaders behind closed doors on Day Four of the special legislative session Friday, February 26, 2010 in Carson City.

Special Session - Day 4

The cheerleading team from Legacy High School, in town for the state cheerleading championships, arrive for a tour of the legislature building on Day Four of the special legislative session Friday, February 26, 2010 in Carson City. Launch slideshow »

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CARSON CITY — Gov. Jim Gibbons emerged from a meeting with legislative leadership this afternoon, saying it was a "good start" to solving the state's $887 million budget crisis.

Gibbons said his staff and the Legislature were working to settle disparities over the exact costs and savings of his proposed budget cuts — and looking at a number of revenue measures to fill the remaining gap, including using the state's unclaimed property fund and instituting a series of "minor fees."

Disagreements over the financial savings of reducing K-12 and higher education are a sticking point, he said. "We want to cut through the filters saying what the numbers will be," he said.

Gibbons said how the gaming industry fits into the budget crisis is unclear. "We've yet to figure out if gaming is needed in this picture," he said.

Still, Gibbons said progress was being made.

"We're sitting in the same room. We're talking," Gibbons said. "It's a good start."

He added: "I'm still maintaining that the state doesn't need nor can it afford tax increases," he said.

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