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Proposal To Extend Business Payroll Tax Gets Hearing In Carson City

A proposal to extend a business payroll tax at its current rate and redirect $100 million to education spending got an evening hearing Wednesday before the state Senate Finance Committee. 

Republicans say the proposal amounts to a tax increase that requires a supermajority to approve, but Democrats have a legal opinion on their side that says the proposal doesn’t require a supermajority. 

The bill aims to restore $30 million to school safety funding and send the rest to underperforming students or English learners, with a smaller portion going to fund pre-K programs.

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It also authorizes drawing on Clark County’s “More Cops” tax to hire more school safety officers after other law enforcement needs are met.