Sandoval's Pivot to Extend Taxes Sets Budget Tone

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval's pivot from opposing tax extensions as a candidate to advocating for them as governor marks a shift to political middle ground that has won him accolades from moderates.

But the popular first term governor is taking heat from conservatives on his about-face on extending taxes that would have expired.

Sandoval campaigned on a no-new tax stance, though he never signed a pledge.

But six months after he took office he came under criticism from conservatives when he agreed to extend $620 million in temporary taxes that would have expired June 30, 2011.

Last week Sandoval announced he would not propose cuts to education or other vital state services in his upcoming budget proposal and instead would extend those same taxes now due to "sunset" in June 2013.

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