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Assembly passes cuts to health care, education amid pandemic

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Posted at 5:48 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 20:48:32-04

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Assembly passed a long-awaited budget bill on Sunday that enacted more than $500 million in cuts, primarily to the state spending on health care and education.

Throughout a 12-day special legislative session, lawmakers have looked for untapped reserve funds in various state accounts and attempted to raise taxes on the mining industry to lessen the severity of cuts outlined in Gov. Steve Sisolak's baseline proposal.

The final bill reduces furloughs and salary freezes for state workers and earmarks $50 million in federal relief dollars for a block grant program for schools sent reeling by coronavirus and facing unanticipated costs.