Negotiations still in trouble as deadline approaches
May 19, 2009
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.
Sen. Warren Hardy, R-Las Vegas, the top GOP negotiator over benefits
changes, left the meeting at one point red faced and muttering under
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.