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.”