Nevada Governor Criticizes Regents Over Budget

CARSON CITY (AP) - Governor Gibbons has criticized the Nevada
Board of Regents' request for a higher education budget increase,
saying it flies in the face of the state's budget crisis.

Gibbons says regents are - in his words - "obviously calling for the moon" in asking for the increase at a time when other state agencies are facing spending cuts.

The proposed two-year budget tentatively supported by regents last week ignores Gibbons' request to cut spending by 14 percent and seeks a 9.75 percent increase.

At a meeting last week in Reno, some regents said they think it's their responsibility to submit a budget based on what the system needs instead of what the governor wants.

Regents' final action on the budget is expected Aug. 21, about a week before they must submit the spending plan to the state budget office.

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