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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 ...

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Senate off to a slow, lurching start in considering Tesla tax breaks

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

The Senate was off at a snail’s pace Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to consider tax breaks for a Tesla auto battery plant. Gov. Brian Sandoval issued ...

Lawmakers to determine if Tesla must pay prevailing wages

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Gov Brian Sandoval has kept quiet about whether Tesla is a public project, given its proposed $1.2 billion in tax credits and abatements. That’s one of the issues a special ...

Governor issues proclamation for special session on Tesla

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Shortly before midnight Tuesday, Gov. Brian Sandoval issued the official proclamation calling a special session of the Legislature for today to give $1.2 billion in tax benefits to Tesla Motors ...

What you should know about tax breaks before the Tesla special session starts today

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Nevada lawmakers gather today at the Capitol to consider a $1.3 billion question: How bad does Nevada ...

Carson City all-nighter: Lawmakers left with little time to review $1.3B Tesla package

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

On the eve of today’s special legislative session, the public and many lawmakers were still in the dark about legislation relating to the tax incentives Gov. Brian Sandoval offered to ...

Henderson City Council tables decision on property tax hike

Tue, Sep 2, 2014

The Henderson City Council decided today to put off any decision to increase property tax rates until after the state Legislature meets next year. City officials have ...

UNLV won’t pursue funding for new stadium until 2017

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

After months of meetings and discussion, UNLV’s Campus Improvement Advisory Board decided the timing isn’t right to seek funding for a new stadium. UNLV acting President Don Snyder suggested ...

Nevada taxable sales up 4.7 percent in June

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

Strong business in Clark and Washoe counties helped push Nevada’s taxable sales to $4.1 billion in June, a 4.7 percent increase over the same month a year ago. The state ...

Former U.S. attorney pleads guilty to failing to file tax returns

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

A local lawyer who served as U.S. attorney for Nevada from 1975 to 1977 pleaded guilty today to failing to file federal individual and corporate income tax returns from 2006 ...

Transport Workers Union gets behind margin tax

Wed, Aug 27, 2014

A union representing 2,000 casinos employees is throwing its support behind the Education Initiative, also known as the margin tax. The endorsement from the ...

UNLV economists say margin tax study is not opinionated

Tue, Aug 26, 2014

UNLV economists are standing behind the results of a study they conducted on a controversial tax initiative that was assailed by acting school president Don Snyder. Stephen Brown ...

UNLV disowns its own study on margin tax

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

UNLV is wringing its hands over an economic study done by its Center for Business and Economic Research. The center released the study on Tuesday and reported that ...

Pay your property taxes ... or else what?

Sun, Aug 10, 2014

It’s time to pay up. Clark County property tax bills hit mailboxes this month. The annual bill, if not necessarily enjoyable, is necessary. But each year, a small group of ...

Meeting on proposed soccer stadium funding canceled

Thu, Aug 7, 2014

The city of Las Vegas and soccer stadium developers have canceled another meeting to discuss funding of the proposed project. In a news release late Wednesday, the city said ...

NV Energy wins $500,000 refund from state Tax Commission

Mon, Aug 4, 2014

The utility overpaid the tax on machinery it had purchased and sought the refund. Chris Nielsen, Nevada Department of Taxation executive director, told the commission Monday he had informed Alaina ...


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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