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June 30, 2015

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Chancellor says turning point finally reached

In his latest weekly memo addressing state budget cuts, Jim Rogers, chancellor of Nevada’s higher education system, applauds the fact that “every possible solution is now on the table.”

With Nevada’s budget outlook continuing to worsen, even Gov. Jim Gibbons, previously opposed to raising taxes, has softened his stance. After a meeting with legislators last Friday, Gibbons said “all options” are on the table, including taxes.

Rogers, who met Monday with Gibbons to discuss ways to generate revenue for public colleges including increasing tuition, has suggested repeatedly that instituting a broad-based business tax could help prevent deep cuts to services Nevada’s public agencies offer.

Along with his memo, Rogers attached letters addressing higher education from Nevada legislators including Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Republican Sen. John Ensign, Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, Republican Rep. Dean Heller and Democrat Dina Titus, who beat out Republican Rep. Jon Porter last week for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sun Capital Bureau Chief Cy Ryan contributed to this report.

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