Democrats say Sandoval not disclosing state budgets; Governor responds

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Updated: 12/05/2012 5:32 pm
UPDATE 5:30pm -- At the request of News 4, the Governor's Office released the following statement:  
 
“Building the state budget is a constantly changing and evolving process.  Given the times we are in, I owe it to the public to present a budget that reflects reality.  The Governor’s Office is in full compliance with statutory requirements regarding submission of the budget.  By law (NRS 353.211), the Budget office is required to release each agency’s requested budget for the next 2 fiscal years to the Fiscal Analysis Division of the Legislative Counsel Bureau on October 15th and the budget office did so. “Items for special consideration,” or agency wish lists, are not part of the agency request budget.

 

“As a former legislator, I respect the Legislature and its process.  However, it would be improper for me to give the Legislature and the public a false impression as to what may or may not be contained in my proposed state budget.  After I have had a full opportunity to consider agency wish lists and their budget impacts, I will gladly forward the agency wish lists to the Legislature.”

 

Gov. Brian Sandoval
Gov. Brian Sandoval
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Nevada Democratic party is criticizing Governor Brian Sandoval for refusing to disclose millions of dollars in state agency budget requests.

They say the Governor's actions likely violate state law, and they're asking for Governor Sandoval to disclose his budget to voters.

Nevada News Bureau reports that some state lawmakers were concerned at an Interim Finance Committee meeting in October when the Sandoval administration had not provided them with information about state agency requests.

Sandoval is not expected to announce his decision on expanding Medicaid until his State of the State address in January.

News 4 will continue to monitor this story and update you on the latest.


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