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Special Session 2008

Gov. Jim Gibbons says he has faced a "perfect storm" of crises during his term as governor, and his administration has handled them "remarkably well."


Gov. Jim Gibbons says he has faced a "perfect storm" of crises during his term as governor, and his administration has handled them "remarkably well."

According to Nevada historians, Gov. Jim Gibbons' call for an off-year special session to address the state's budget shortfall was unprecedented.

The governor, in the midst of personal and political crisis, called legislators to Carson City to cut more out of Nevada’s ailing budget.

And after 12 hours, the session ended. An agreement forged by Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley and Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio passed both houses, and was forwarded to the governor, who has indicated he will sign them into law.

Archive highlights

Where Gibbons, Buckley and Raggio stand, as of today

Sun, Jun 22, 2008

Upheaval in the capital last Friday as the state’s Economic Forum crunched some more ugly numbers and the governor decided to delay a special session until this Friday.

Target still vague as special session looms

Fri, Jun 20, 2008

What in the name of Pythagoras is going on? Nevada lawmakers — facing next week’s special session — need to repair the state budget by cutting it. But, as of ...

As troubles mount, Gibbons disengages

Sun, Jun 15, 2008

Gov. Jim Gibbons called an emergency budget meeting with elected officials last week, but he and his staff failed to notify key legislators, who learned of it from media reports.

What gets cut?

Sat, Jun 14, 2008

Gov. Jim Gibbons’ call for a special legislative session is unprecedented in the history of the state, according to Nevada historians. This is the first time, historians say, that an ...

All stories

Real estate developer pleads guilty after not filing taxes

Thu, Apr 17, 2014

A real estate developer with ties to a former North Las Vegas mayor pleaded guilty in federal court today to one misdemeanor count of failing to file a tax return ...

Education department doesn't have money to meet lawmakers' new test mandate

Thu, Apr 17, 2014

The Nevada Education Department doesn’t have the money to administer a new state-mandated exam to high school juniors next year, so it plans to raise the funds through …

For tax filers, these freebies make the day more palatable

Tue, Apr 15, 2014

Tax day is here, and whether you are a procrastinator who waited until the final hours or you had your return in the first week of January, plenty of area ...

Joe Downtown: Company gets tax credits for shooting movie in Las Vegas

Mon, Apr 14, 2014

A production company shooting a movie in Las Vegas starring Dakota Fanning has received $297,000 in state tax credits. The company, LPF One DTIG LLC, will be filming in Southern ...

Former Nevada Assembly Speaker Joe Dini dies at 85

Thu, Apr 10, 2014

Joe Dini, who served as speaker of the Nevada Assembly for eight sessions, has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. His death was announced...

How many jobs would be lost if Nevada margin tax passes? It depends

Wed, Apr 9, 2014

If Nevada voters approve a new business tax in November, the state would lose nearly 9.000 private sector jobs and $413 million in employee wages. But those losses of jobs ...

Nevada OKs regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries

Fri, Mar 28, 2014

Regulations for setting up medical marijuana clinics cleared their final hurdle Friday, about a week before the law allowing the dispensaries takes effect. The Legislative Commission, without discussion...

Sales tax slice: The house really does always win — Las Vegas casino purchases airplanes, escapes sales and use taxes

Fri, Mar 28, 2014

Private hospitals may step in to ease ER crowding in Las Vegas Valley

Wed, Mar 26, 2014

In an effort to help ease crowding in Las Vegas emergency rooms inundated with psychiatric patients, state officials said they are considering partnerships with private hospitals. Mike Willden, director of ...

‘Mall Cop’ sequel scores $4.3 million in Nevada tax credits

Fri, Mar 14, 2014

Sony Pictures’ sequel to “Mall Cop,” set to be filmed in Las Vegas, is the premiere recipient of Nevada’s new film tax credit. Filming is expected to take place at...

Nevada anticipates surge in people seeking medical marijuana

Fri, Mar 14, 2014

Nevada’s administrator of public health today approved regulations governing the distribution of medical marijuana, while another official anticipated a surge in those seeking cards to legally buy the drug. The ...

Legal opinion buoys idea of taking control of community colleges from regents

Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Kevin Powers, chief litigation counsel for the Legislative Counsel Bureau, said the Nevada Constitution allowed state lawmakers to place the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community ...

North Las Vegas mayor asks for more time to fix city’s finances

Fri, Mar 7, 2014

Appearing before the Committee on Local Government Finance, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee asked for more time to produce more revenue and blamed the city’s problems on...

School District won’t seek money now to ease classroom crowding

Wed, Mar 5, 2014

The Clark County School Board won’t pursue a ballot initiative for school renovations and construction this year, primarily because...

Caesars Palace prevails in court battle over live entertainment tax

Mon, Feb 24, 2014

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that Caesars Palace does not have to pay an additional $797,790 on its live entertainment tax on shows at the Colosseum on the Las ...


Face to Face: Advantage: Gibbons?
Face to Face: Advantage: Gibbons?
Projections from the Economic Forum reinforce Gov. Jim Gibbons' contention the state faces its worst ...
Face to Face: Session Guessing
Face to Face: Session Guessing
Gov. Jim Gibbons (Nevada-R) says the state is facing its worst fiscal crisis ever. But, ...
Face to Face: Utter Fantasy?
Face to Face: Utter Fantasy?
Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley (Clark County-D) says projections of an additional $260 million budget deficit ...
Face to Face: Budget Crisis
Face to Face: Budget Crisis
Can lawmakers ignore the governor's questionable motives for calling them to Carson City and reach ...

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