An Assembly Republican is all but promising she will kill Governor Brian Sandoval’s push to increase revenue to improve Nevada’s bottom-dwelling educational system.
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore of Las Vegas told a Republican gathering in Reno Tuesday she believes she will get promises from at least 15 Assembly lawmakers to vote against the governor’s budget proposal.
Any state tax increase needs the approval of two-thirds of the Assembly’s 42 members – so, if Fiore and at least 14 people vote against it, there goes the budget.
But the governor said this isn't a tax – it's a fee increase.
So even if Fiore has the votes, would that really kill the governor’s plans to increase revenue by $1.1 billion?
Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Steve Sebelius told KNPR's State of Nevada that Assemblywoman Fiore is a force to be reckoned with and he does believe she has most of the votes she needs to block the plan.
However, Sebelius believes she is missing three votes in the Assembly and Gov. Sandoval is ready to get the support he needs.
"The governor and his people realize they'll need to get the two-thirds of the Assembly," Sebelius said.
Steve Sebelius, political columnist, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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