CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says his budget adds $120 million for K-12 education and he's opposed to a plan announced by Senate Democrats to raise the state's payroll tax to increase education spending.
The first-term Republican governor held a news conference Monday to address the payroll tax plan introduced just hours earlier in the state Senate.
Democrats say their measure, SB514, would raise $255 million over the upcoming biennium. It seeks higher payroll taxes on large businesses and mining companies to fund smaller class sizes, English language learner programs, full day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs.
Sandoval says the state is growing out of the recession and raising taxes on businesses would jeopardize that growth.
Democrats argue the state has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from education since the recession.