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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

Nevada gaming revenue down 2.9 percent in October

Mon, Nov 30, 2015

Gaming revenue from Nevada casinos dropped nearly 3 percent in October, the state reported today. The Gaming Control Board said casinos won ...

Nevada needs teachers, and it’s shelling out $5 million to get them

Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Nathan Carter played football for four years at Las Vegas High, four years at UNLV and even one year on an independent-league indoor football team in Kansas before he realized ...

Nevada taxable sales up 5.1 percent in September

Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Taxable sales, one indicator of the Nevada economy, rose by 5.1 percent in September, the 57th straight month of increases. Sales reached $4.4 billion, with seven of Nevada’s 17 counties ...

Las Vegas-based Switch seeks tax breaks for expansion in Michigan

Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Las Vegas-based Switch, which runs top-tier data centers in the valley and is building a large center in Reno, is planning a cross-country expansion — a $5 billion investment in ...

Ever-changing laws ensure ‘my work is never boring,’ tax lawyer says

Mon, Nov 16, 2015

A tax attorney and partner at Solomon Dwiggins & Freer talks about the growing number of nonprofits, his appreciation for the work they do and the importance of being prepared.

Nevada is riding shotgun in self-driving car industry

Mon, Nov 16, 2015

Industry has been welcomed on state roads for testing, while other

Nevada gaming revenue up 1.5 percent in September

Thu, Oct 29, 2015

Led by a strong month in the state’s major casino markets, Nevada gaming revenue rose 1.5 percent in September, the state reported today. The Gaming Control Board said ...

Voucher battle brewing: Private-school parents say they deserve state funds

Wed, Oct 28, 2015

The new bill that provides state funding for parents to spend on private-school tuition and tutoring for their children has its share of fans. But another group of parents isn't ...

Case supporting tax repeal moved to Carson City

Tue, Oct 27, 2015

A court case supporting the repeal of a $1.1 billion Nevada tax package is being moved from Las Vegas to Carson City. Clark County Judge Jerry Wiese approved ...

Road construction may be worse than ever in Las Vegas — here’s how to avoid it

Mon, Oct 26, 2015

We’ve all been there, especially lately — traffic is crawling, you think there must be a wreck ahead, but as you approach, you see that it’s just a lane closure. ...

Group files petition to repeal new Nevada Commerce Tax

Mon, Oct 12, 2015

A group led by Republican Controller Ron Knecht has filed a petition seeking to repeal a new business tax backed by the Republican governor and most of the Legislature. A ...

Getting past the noise: What would presidential hopefuls really do for Nevada?

Mon, Oct 12, 2015

Over the next few months, Nevada will host Democratic and Republican debates, and residents will hear firsthand the views of the person who most likely will be the next president. ...

Judge throws out petition to repeal Nevada tax package

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

A Carson City judge tossed out a petition Thursday that seeks a ballot question repealing the entire $1.1 billion tax package that Nevada lawmakers passed this spring ...

Former Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert running for state Senate

Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Republican former Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert says she'll run for the northern Nevada Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Greg Brower. Gansert first announced her candidacy on Twitter on Tuesday. ...

Opponents of Nevada school vouchers launch second legal attack

Wed, Sep 9, 2015

Another lawsuit has been filed against Nevada’s controversial new school voucher program. This time it’s from a group of parents in Las Vegas and Reno, who today filed suit against ...

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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