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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

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. ...

Union concerned about wages, residency of Tesla construction workers

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

A bill to give $1.3 billion in tax breaks to Tesla requires that 50 percent of construction workers and those employed at the battery factory be Nevadans. The Senate, which ...

Done deal: Sandoval signs record $1.3B tax break package for Tesla

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

Seven days and six hours after he proposed giving the biggest tax break in Nevada history to Tesla Motors, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the deal into law late Thursday. The ...

Big delays, lots of lobbyists and no votes on first day of Tesla session

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

The first day of the Tesla special session was politics as usual in Nevada. Nothing started on time. Lobbyists flooded the halls of the Legislature. Lots of business was done ...

NV Energy customers to pick up tab for one Tesla incentive

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

NV Energy customers in Northern Nevada will pay an estimated $1 more a year to compensate for one incentive proposed to bring a Tesla battery factory to the state. Under ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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