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Governor: School funds safe despite lawsuit challenging tax

July 23, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak says Nevada school funds are safe, no matter what happens with a lawsuit by Senate Republicans challenging the constitutionality of extending a state payroll tax.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Democratic governor issued a statement Monday saying the state has other funds amounting to the $98 million it expects to receive from the tax over the next two years.

A lawsuit filed Friday in Carson City challenges the Legislature’s extension of the modified business tax and a $1 technology fee on DMV transactions without two-thirds votes by lawmakers.

Republicans argue the extensions are tax issues that required a two-thirds vote.

Democrats say that extending an existing tax requires just a simple majority.

Sisolak and Democrats earmarked the money for teacher pay raises and school safety funds.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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