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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

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 ...

Henderson weathered recession with cuts to salaries and services, now considers tax hike

Sun, Aug 3, 2014

When Henderson officials explain the city’s tenuous finances, they point to their prudent spending cuts in the wake of the economic crash in the late 2000s. One message that’s repeated ...

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 ...

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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