Negotiations still in trouble as deadline approaches |

Negotiations still in trouble as deadline approaches

The core meeting to finalize a tax plan for the coming two years was

canceled this morning with neither side willing to give any more.

In addition to the ongoing battle over how much of the burden should

be carried by sales tax versus the business tax, a separate meeting

was still unable to resolve disagreement over changes to employee

retirement and benefits.

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Sen. Warren Hardy, R-Las Vegas, the top GOP negotiator over benefits

changes, left the meeting at one point red faced and muttering under

his breath.

Also in that mix are proposed changes to allow collective bargaining

for state workers and a business plan to relax prevailing wage

requirements on public construction projects.

With nothing to present, the 10 a.m. scheduled Senate Floor Session

didn’t happen. Neither did the 11 a.m. Assembly Floor Session.

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