Nevada Governor Comments On Teacher Union's Casino Tax Increase Plan

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A spokesman for Gov. Jim Gibbons says
the governor could support a deal that would result in higher room taxes rather than increased casino taxes - but only if Nevadans backed the idea in an advisory ballot question.

Gibbons press secretary Ben Kieckhefer said that without the voter support, the governor would stick with his policy of opposing any new or increased taxes. That would include room taxes, paid mainly by tourists visiting Nevada.

The comment on the possible deal that could head off efforts by a teachers' union to increase gambling taxes followed Gibbons' meeting Thursday with casino mogul Steve Wynn to discuss negotiations the teachers are having with some casino industry representatives.

The room tax plan could generate tens of millions of dollars for
education, but not as much as the minimum $250 million a year that
the proposed casino levy would raise.

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