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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

Metro union head: Were police jobs deliberately left empty to push for More Cops?

Mon, Feb 24, 2014

If Chris Collins’ ruminations are true, Metro Police officials have deliberately left funded job vacancies unfilled for years as a tactic to push for the More Cops sales tax.

Many changes for tax season, but few affected

Sun, Feb 23, 2014

There are more changes in federal tax laws affecting filings for 2013 than anytime in recent memory. But the good news for the average taxpayer is that changes affect only ...

Lawsuit filed to block voter-identification petition

Thu, Feb 20, 2014

A lawsuit has been filed in District Court to block attempts at a petition initiative that would require voters to show identification before casting ballots.

Las Vegas man pleads guilty to filing false tax claims

Thu, Feb 20, 2014

A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to filing more than $120,000 in false tax claims between 2005 and 2009.

Nevada not setting limit on number of marijuana growers

Wed, Feb 19, 2014

Nevada isn’t setting a limit for now on the number of people who can be licensed to grow medical marijuana for sale at dispensaries authorized last year under state law.

Small-business owner sounds alarm over proposed Nevada business margins tax

Fri, Feb 14, 2014

The proposed 2 percent business margins tax headed for the November ballot is often characterized as a threat to Nevada's large businesses. But this small-business owner feels he's in the ...

Business leaders: Forget the margins tax ... fix the school funding formula

Wed, Feb 12, 2014

Business leaders opposing a new tax initiative for education are advocating a new solution to Las Vegas’ school funding woes: Change the state’s K-12 funding formula.

Sheriff says he’s done pushing for tax increase, will look for cuts

Thu, Jan 30, 2014

After county commissioners for a third time earlier this month rejected a tax increase to put more officers on the street, Sheriff Doug Gillespie said he is prepared to move ...

Justices urge lawmakers to embrace changes in Nevada's juvenile justice system

Thu, Jan 30, 2014

A Nevada Supreme Court justice says there aren’t enough mental-health treatment programs in the state for juvenile delinquents who now must be sent out of state for counseling. Justice James ...

Nevada taxable sales continue to climb in November

Tue, Jan 28, 2014

Taxable sales in Nevada, one indicator of the economy, inched up 2.1 percent in November to $3.7 billion, compared to the same month a year ago.

Clark, Washoe counties taking steps to allow medical marijuana dispensaries under new state law

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

yon County, which licenses houses of prostitution, doesn’t plan to allow any medical marijuana dispensaries. But Clark and Washoe counties – where prostitution is illegal – are drawing up some ...

Democratic Party votes to endorse margins tax

Sat, Jan 25, 2014

Nevada Democrats have voted to endorse a 2 percent business revenue tax that could significantly boost funding for the state’s schools.

Assemblyman settles complaints over residency, financial disclosure forms

Wed, Jan 15, 2014

The furor surrounding Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler’s residency and financial disclosure statements is going to end without a penalty being imposed. A complaint was filed in November with the Nevada ...

Two months after inmate's death, prison officials request autopsy

Wed, Jan 15, 2014

The state's corrections department has requested an autopsy for a prison inmate whose body went unexamined for more than two months because officials delayed an investigation into his death. Richard ...

Advocacy group says Nevada on the right track with education reforms

Mon, Jan 13, 2014

A national group advocating education reforms commended Nevada lawmakers for instituting new school policies they hope will improve student achievement. For the past two years, StudentsFirst — founded by former ...

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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