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Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday will lay out an austere budget plan he said contains no tax increases and doesn’t even continue the taxes raised by the 2009 and 26th special legislative sessions. The speech starts at 6 p.m. tonight. Watch it live here.
Sandoval has repeatedly said his focus isn’t on existing spending but on the amount the Economic Forum projected for the state general fund over the coming biennium – $5.334 billion.
That is $3 billion less than the current budget. It’s also $3 billion less than the $8.3 billion state agencies requested to maintain current services.
“You’re going to see a different approach,” he told reporters last week.
Sandoval has been tight-lipped about most of the cuts and other changes he will propose, but a few tidbits have been released, including that all state workers will take a 5 percent pay reduction in place of the day-a-month furloughs they now face. That pay cut will save the state budget an estimated $591.5 million over the biennium.
He said this week his budget restores some of the programs reduced or eliminated by his predecessor Jim Gibbons including the funding for personal care attendants who enable severely disabled people to remain out of institutions and in their own homes.
“We’re looking at where services are most appropriately provided,” Sandoval said, adding that consolidating agencies “will result in the elimination of some positions.”