Anti-tax Republicans make case for small alternative budget

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A group of conservative Nevada Republicans is proposing an alternative to Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget that they claim wouldn't raise taxes.

Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler and state Controller Ron Knecht presented their alternative budget plan to the Assembly Taxation Committee on Thursday.

The so-called "Balanced Plan for Growth" would raise around $6.9 billion over two years, primarily by lowering recommended funding and requiring local government workers to increase contributions to Nevada's public employee retirement system.

Knecht said the measure wouldn't require a new tax package like the one proposed by Sandoval, and that the plan would allow a group of expiring taxes to end.

Wheeler said the plan is a work in progress but suggested that it could be introduced as an emergency measure or amended into an existing bill.

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