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January 16, 2018

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Budget deal approved

The Legislature's job is done in under 9 hours, quicker than even the most optimistic observer predicted for the special session.

The Senate just passed the Assembly bills, and the $340 million in cuts, loans and sweeping of money from various accounts are headed to the governor's desk for his signature.

Sen. Maurice Washington, R-Reno, walked into Assembly chambers and shouted, "Hey, we're going home."

The cuts are painful. And lobbyists, legislators and special interests mostly saved their bullets. The larger war over taxes, spending and the future of the government is still looming. It begins Feb. 2, when the regular legislative session begins.

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