Hundreds March on Las Vegas Strip to Decry Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of Nevada college students and supporters waved signs decrying looming state higher education budget cuts during a peaceful protest on the Las Vegas Strip.

A crowd of more than 500 demonstrators gathered Sunday in front of the fountains of the Bellagio casino resort. They chanted and urged passing motorists to show support by honking vehicle horns.

"I think it's very clear that we are not a populous that can be bullied; We are not going to tolerate being 48th in the nation and making even more cuts. If anything, this is a time where we need to make sure we re-invest in our research and development here as any other corporation would do," said Colin Seale, teacher and student.

One sign read "Education Cuts Don't Heal." Another said, "True Life: My College is Broke." The protesters were escort by Las Vegas police as they marched less than a mile off the Strip to the Palms hotel-casino, where MTV is filming a college spring break special.

Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposals for deep cuts to close a state budget shortfall have Regents Chairman James Dean Leavitt warning of "cataclysmic" changes to Nevada higher education.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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