CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Republicans in the Nevada Assembly are distancing themselves from their Senate colleagues over a proposal to seek more taxes from mining.
The Assembly GOP caucus on Wednesday said legislators should focus on the budget and other government reforms instead of trying to draft a mining tax measure to compete with a business tax initiative on the 2014 ballot.
Senate Republicans announced their proposal Tuesday, saying increasing taxes on mining would raise more money for K-12 education, the prime focus on the business tax initiative pushed by the state teachers' union.
Gov. Brian Sandoval has said he won't support a tax increase, and Assembly Republicans are backing his position.
Minority Leader Pat Hickey of Reno says the governor's proposed budget has more than $400 million in new funding for education.