Nev. Governor Looks To Federal Bill For Budget Aid

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons says a stimulus bill being considering in Congress could ease the state's budget crisis.

In a letter released late Thursday, Gibbons told legislators that Nevada could see up to $1.3 billion in federal funds for education and infrastructure, if the bill introduced in the House becomes law.

The Republican governor says that money could result in a "partial or full reversal" of the dramatic budget cuts he has proposed.

Gibbons is seeking a 36 percent cut in higher education spending and pay cuts for state workers. He also wants to raise taxes on hotel rooms as part of a plan to make up for a budget shortage.

Democratic leaders in Congress pass the $825 billion stimulus bill by mid-February. They have met with resistance from House Republicans.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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