Sisolak’s promise of no new taxes may cause budget standoff

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In his State of the State address on Jan. 16, Governor Steve Sisolak promised Nevadans there would be no new taxes in the state’s $8.8 billion general fund budget. 

But the governor’s budget does count on extending a tax that would otherwise have dropped to a lower level. 

That might create a budget standoff in the legislature if Democrats can’t woo at least one of their Republican colleagues to support extending that tax. 

The payroll tax in question here accounts for 97 million dollars, which amounts to about 1 percent of the state’s general fund budget. 

That means one of two things will probably happen: either democrats will convince one of the eight senate republicans two support keeping the payroll tax as it is, or they’ll avoid the question entirely and find the money elsewhere.

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