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Governor OKs $19 billion to run state, restores employee pay

Brian Sandoval

Brian Sandoval

CARSON CITY — Governor Brian Sandoval has approved bills to spend $19 billion in the next two years to run state government, conduct an audit on the cost of the death penalty and restore pay to state workers.

They are among 30 bills Sandoval signed Monday.

Assembly Bill 444 permits a legislative audit of the costs of the death penalty including trial, appeals and confinement. Supporters see the review as a step toward abolishing capital punishment in Nevada.

Sandoval two years ago vetoed a similar bill, but he said Tuesday he felt this would be an objective study.

He also signed a bill reversing a 2.5 percent pay cut on state workers that was imposed in 2009. But workers will still have to take six days of unpaid leave every year.

Also approved by the governor was a $688 a month subsidy to help state workers pay their health insurance costs next fiscal year.

Under another bill signed Monday, North Las Vegas, struggling with its finances, could be able to transfer money from its water and sewer accounts to restore police and fire services, operation of libraries, parks and other recreational services. The money could also be used to settle legal claims against the city.

Also, a bill to permit the state Division of Employment Security to issue bonds to pay off an estimated $540 million debt to the federal government was signed by Sandoval Monday. The decision to issue the bonds must be approved by the state Board of Finance.

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  1. That is $7037 for every man/women/child in this state.

    Then you have county/city that need their budgets that they don't get from the state.

    Lets not all forget about the Federal Government that wants their piece of us also.

    I hope I don't run out of money before everyone is happy.

  2. Is this a missprint? "$688 a month subsidy to help state workers pay their health insurance costs next fiscal year."

    That would be $8256 per worker additional cost. $688 a month for health insurance? Must be one heck of a nice plan!

    Mr Fritz, you are living in the 1990s. Health costs will exceed 20K per family this year. MGM pays $10,000 per worker at a cost of over $400 million for a decent plan.

  4. Any chance we're going to HIRE AUDITORS AND INVESTIGATORS to locate and deal with PRISONERS RECEIVING unemployment compensation? To check out BENEFICIARY FRAUD in our Medicaid, TANF, EBT SNAP.... programs? Any chance State employee pay WITHOUT FURLOUGHS would get the priority it deserves--BEFORE "scholarships" for illegal anchor babies?

  5. Peter and Gerry: READ OBAMACARE cost explosions.

    Roslenda.. Read the above. Health costs have risen at the slowest rate in decades over the last several years since they started implementing Obamacare. The real cost explosion occurred in the 1980s and 90s. A family plan went from 80 bucks a month to close to $18,000 a year today.

  7. Zippy, You ain't seen nothing yet.