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Sandoval Insists He Will Not Support New Taxes If Elected

Despite a projected budget deficit of as much as $3 billion in Nevada, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval is still insisting he will not support raising state taxes if elected. Sandoval’s remarks were made at the weekend opening of the new Republican Victory Office in Reno, which among other thing will help coordinate campaigns in northern rural Nevada. U.S. Rep. Dean Heller, R-Carson City, and state GOP Chairman and former state Sen. Mark Amodei also attended the opening.

At the event, Sandoval called for reduced spending to cover the deficit while at the same time saying he wants to avoid “massive layoffs” or “reducing services to people who are the most vulnerable in society.”

Democratic challenger Rory Reid has also said he does not support raising taxes. Both Sandoval and Reid have promised to propose detailed plans for fixing the deficit before the election. It will be interesting to see what kinds of cuts each candidate proposes, as well as to witness how the two campaigns use the suggested budgets either to gain support or to drag down their opponent.

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