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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

Commissioners table talks on ‘More Cops’ sales tax measure

Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Clark County commissioners today tabled discussions about the controversial “More Cops” sales tax initiative to fund more Metro Police officers. The .15 percent tax hike had been introduced by ...

Assembly Republicans choose Hansen, not Hickey, as speaker-designate

Sat, Nov 8, 2014

The move is a coup-like measure that signals Assembly Republicans want to bolster their wave of Election Day victories with conservative policies that steer to the right of the party's ...

Las Vegas woman pleads guilty to filing false tax claims

Wed, Nov 5, 2014

A Las Vegas woman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to four counts of filing false claims with the IRS and faces up to ...

Nevada taxable sales up 7.5 percent in August

Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Taxable sales, one indicator of the Nevada economy, grew to $4 billion in August, a 7.5 percent increase from the same month a year ago. It was the 49th consecutive ...

Nevada Assemblyman Pete Livermore dies of heart attack

Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Republican Assemblyman Pete Livermore died today at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, according to reports from CarsonNow.org. The cause of death was ...

Study: Despite new funding formula, Northern Nevada schools still come out on top

Wed, Oct 8, 2014

Nevada’s new higher education funding model may not be the great equalizer it was billed to be for Southern Nevada schools, according to a UNLV Lincy Institute report released today. ...

Q+A: Voters’ guide to mining tax ballot question

Wed, Oct 8, 2014

Should the mining industry's tax rate be protected in the Nevada Constitution? Voters will decide the answer on the Nov. 4 ballot. The constitution says ...

Q+A: Voters’ guide for Nevada margin tax

Fri, Oct 3, 2014

Some call it the margin tax. Others call it the Education Initiative. On the Nov. 4 ballot, voters will see it as ballot question No. 3. It proposes ...

Panel explores impact of proposed UNLV medical school

Mon, Sep 29, 2014

UNLV has taken another step in an effort to establish an accredited medical school. Last week, the university submitted an application to begin the accreditation process for ...

Developers float new financing plan for proposed soccer stadium

Wed, Sep 24, 2014

Developers behind a proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium have floated a new financing plan that would cut the risk to the public in an attempt to boost the ...

High court: Tax on strip clubs is constitutional

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

The Nevada Supreme Court has decided that a 10 percent tax on strip club admission doesn't violate exotic dancers' First Amendment rights of ...

Public hearings on proposed soccer stadium begin

Tue, Sep 16, 2014

After several canceled public meetings last month, Las Vegas residents will finally get a chance to examine a proposal for a downtown soccer stadium and ask questions about financing in ...

Clark County Democrats vow to bring back film tax credits in 2015 session

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

After gutting nearly 90 percent of the state's film tax credit today, Nevada lawmakers signaled they will push to revamp it in 2015. The film tax credit was a passion ...

Tesla signs letter promising to give $37.5 million for education

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

Tesla Motors Inc. has sent a letter to Gov. Brian Sandoval promising to give public schools in Nevada $37.5 million over five years. The commitment letter was delivered ...

Bill would eliminate insurance subsidy to offset Tesla tax breaks

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

The Assembly today passed the first bill of a special session of the Legislature on a 39-0 vote to eventually eliminate a tax benefit for insurance companies based in Nevada. ...

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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