Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval wants to reverse state employee salary cuts and furloughs that have been in effect since 2009, but budget issues could prevent that from happening.
According to the Las Vegas Sun
, the Republican governor said after a state Board of Examiners’ meeting on finances Tuesday that he never actually promised to restore the cuts.
Nevada has been balancing its budget, in part, through employee pay reductions affecting some 17,000 state workers since 2009. And just last year, Sandoval and lawmakers cut pay further by instituting a another 2.5 percent reduction and ordering six furlough days a year to save the state about $123 million annually.
The state has also eliminated some automatic pay increases and longevity pay for employees, saving another $69 million a year, the state budget office told the Sun.
Sandoval said the costs of increased caseloads and federal mandates associated with healthcare and human services are causing current budget problems, and he blames Obamacare in part. As a result, he's instructed the state department of human services to prepare two different budgets for next year — one with and one without the Medicaid expansion provision called for under Obamacare.
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