Legislative panels dissect Nevada taxes

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Updated: 2/12/2013 4:44 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Nevada Legislature are renewing their call to dissect the state's tax structure with a goal toward overhauling a system heavily reliant on discretionary consumer spending.

During a news conference Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis said examining taxes that fund state government is the first step toward proposing a plan.

They did not offer details of what might be considered later in the session.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has proposed a $6.5 billion general fund budget, to be funded in part by extending taxes that will otherwise expire June 30 for another two years.

During a joint hearing by Senate and Assembly tax committees, Kirkpatrick questioned whether approving temporary tax extensions to fill budget gaps is sound policy.


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