Lawmakers discuss stretching Nevada tax dollars

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 5/08/2013 11:59 pm
Carson City, NV (KRNV & -- Nevada lawmakers hosted a town hall style meeting to discuss how to use the Silver State's tax dollars in the best way possible.

Three major topics were discussed at the town hall forum, the PERS Preservation Act, Public Works and Opportunity Scholarships for low income students.

According to certain lawmakers, one attempt to get the most out of Nevada's budget, is Senate Bill 445, which would create opportunity scholarships for low income students.

Assemblyman Wesley Duncan says, "I think any time you can discuss and get the public aware and maybe on board with something you're going to come away with a victory."

If passed, the bill would give tax breaks to businesses that donate money to scholarship organizations directly benefiting students like Deanna Hover who is a child in transition, which means she's homeless, "A scholarship like this would help so many students and being in my situation I really want to further my education."

While education is a top priority for many, the Public Employees Retirement System brought multiple people to their feet to voice their concerns over Assembly Bill 342. AB 342 is a hybrid retirement program for certain public employees.

Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey says, "People that work for the government deserve to be taken care of, but we're trying to find ways that are sustainable, because it's a system wide problem and taxpayers ultimately are responsible to see that this is managed the best way possible."

Hickey also says it's important to hear from those who will ultimately be affected by the bills passed in the legislature.
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