Sandoval Proposes $6.5B General Fund Budget

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is proposing a $6.5 billion general fund budget that relies on extending taxes that would otherwise expire and diverting money from designated accounts to support basic state services.

Sandoval's proposed spending plan is just $342 million more than existing budget levels. Administration officials outlined the first-term Republican's budget plan Wednesday before the governor's State of the State address.

About $649 million in the overall general fund comes from extending several taxes that would otherwise expire June 30.

Sandoval proposes higher per-pupil spending in each of the next two years and increasing K-12 funding by $135 million.

He's also calling for a reduction in business payroll taxes, restoring some pay taken from state workers and expanding Medicaid eligibility as called for under federal health care reform.


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