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Assembly Lawmakers Discuss Governor's Budget Proposal

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CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada school administrators and teachers have been getting tough lessons lately in economics. The math isn't pretty for public schools.

"If the governor's budget stands, we will have contributed an almost $1.7 billion cut to education in just four years," said Assembly Speaker John Oceguera (Clark County-D).

Oceguera says lawmakers are faced with a decision to destroy education or stop the financial bleeding. Oceguera addressed the Nevada Assembly as it met for several hours Tuesday evening as a "Committee of the Whole."

Lawmakers gathered to discuss Gov. Brian Sandoval's (Nevada-R) budget and his plan for public education. Sandoval was elected last November, in part, for pledging no new taxes.

In the meantime, financially-strapped schools say they are cutting to the core during these tough times. That includes the Clark County School District – the country's fifth largest.

"Unfortunately, it is still necessary for us to reduce about 1,800 employees - teachers, support staff, administrators, across the board," said CCSD Chief Financial Officer Jeff Weiler.

Oceguera says Nevada can still be one of the lowest taxed states in the nation without starving public schools.

"Continued cuts of this magnitude to education will cost us more jobs in the long run, weakening our economy, causing us to have less and less to support education year in and year out. It is a vicious spiral," he said.

The Assembly took a series of informal votes, but did not reach a compromise as of late Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Clark County Superintendent of Schools Dwight Jones will be in Carson City Wednesday to testify before the Nevada State Senate.

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