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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."

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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

Ex-Nevada lawmaker sentenced to time served in California chase

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly was ordered to two years and eight months ...

Nevada Capitol evacuated after false fire alarm

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

More than 100 state workers were evacuated from the Nevada Capitol when a fire alarm sounded this afternoon. The Carson City Fire Department...

First look: Proposed soccer stadium for downtown will have retractable roof, air conditioning

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

On game days, the roof will be closed during the day with air conditioning blasting to keep the facility cool. The playing surface will be turf and the sides of ...

Reno lawmaker wants state to lift ban on sale of wine made in Clark, Washoe counties

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey, R-Reno, said he would introduce legislation in the 2015 Legislature to make and sell wine in Washoe and Clark counties. Current Nevada law bans the ...

Former Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo indicted on federal tax charges

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

A federal grand jury today indicted former Las Vegas strip club owner Rick Rizzolo on charges he attempted to evade more than $2.5 million in taxes. The two-count indictment charges ...

Former Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo facing new federal tax charges

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

A federal grand jury today indicted former Las Vegas strip club owner Rick Rizzolo on charges he attempted to evade more than $2.5 million in taxes. The two-count indictment charges ...

After taking on hitmen, Democrat Teresa Lowry faces big test in move from prosecutor to politician

Wed, Jul 9, 2014

Campaigns don’t scare Teresa Lowry. For nearly three decades, she’s prosecuted hardened criminals and represented abused women and children in the Clark County District Attorney’s office. Her campaign to oust ...

Thousands of missing emails at IRS: What’s it all about?

Wed, Jun 25, 2014

A year after the Internal Revenue Service was found to be targeting conservative groups and others seeking tax-exempt status, the scandal has erupted again with ...

The basics on Nevada’s gun laws

Wed, Jun 18, 2014

The gun-control debate took center stage last week in the wake of a Las Vegas shooting that left five people dead at the hands of a heavily armed couple on ...

Microprocessor inventor’s bullish on Las Vegas’ future as tech center

Tue, Jun 17, 2014

In 1990, Gilbert Hyatt catapulted from unknown inventor to the father of personal computers. After 20 years of court battles and patent applications, Hyatt was awarded U.S. Patent No. 4,942,516 ...

Las Vegas gets $28M in tax breaks to spur development

Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Las Vegas now has $28 million in federal tax breaks to hand out to businesses that want to invest in lower-income areas. The city was awarded the tax breaks this ...

European Union launches probe of tax breaks for Apple, Starbucks, Fiat

Wed, Jun 11, 2014

European Union officials said Wednesday they had launched an investigation into whether Ireland and two other member nations were providing improper tax breaks to ...

Boyd to get $88 million tax refund from Atlantic City for Borgata

Tue, Jun 10, 2014

The Borgata's parent company, Boyd Gaming, announced the settlement Tuesday in a filing with securities regulators. The settlement covers tax years 2011 …

Council takes first step toward tax district for soccer stadium

Wed, Jun 4, 2014

The Las Vegas City Council has passed the first of several steps to create a tax district that could help finance a downtown soccer stadium. By a unanimous vote, the ...

County nixes asking voters to OK more taxes for hospital

Tue, Jun 3, 2014

County commissioners shot down a proposal today to put a question on the November ballot asking voters if they would be willing to pay more to support operations at University ...

Videos

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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