Judge Won't Open Up Nevada Budget Cut Process

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons has won a court ruling enabling him to keep secret the details of proposed 5 percent and 8 percent budget cut plans by various state agencies - proposals that are history now that he has settled on a third plan for lower cuts.

Carson City District Judge Todd Russell rejected a bid by the Reno Gazette-Journal to force the Republican governor to disclose the plans that were replaced last week with the across-the-board 4.5 percent cuts.

The newspaper, whose document request was backed by three top
Democratic legislators, hasn't decided whether the ruling to the
state Supreme Court.


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