Sisolak warns state agencies to prep for more budget cuts

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Gov. Steve Sisolak (Nevada Current file photo)
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Gov. Steve Sisolak (Nevada Current file photo)

Nevada cut hundreds of millions of dollars from its state budget during a legislative special session this summer to address a $1.2 billion shortfall. 

More cuts may be on the way when the Legislature meets again in February.

The governor’s office announced Friday that state agencies have been asked to prepare budget “reserves” of 12 percent a year for the 2021-23 biennium.

The Economic Forum, which approves revenue projections the governor must use in preparing the next two-year state budget, meets Tuesday.

Friday’s announcement suggests the governor’s office is not expecting a positive outlook from the forum.

“These reserve proposals are for budget planning purposes and will allow the Governor’s Finance Office to provide options for consideration during the development of the Governor’s recommended budget,” the statement from the governor’s office said. “Numbers will continue to be examined over the coming weeks as the State receives updated revenue projections from Nevada’s Economic Forum and the Executive Budget for the 2021-23 biennium is finalized in preparation for consideration during the 2021 legislative session.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.