Nevada Govenor Gibbons calls for salary cuts
LVRJ, Nov 11th: BUDGET DEFICIT: Gibbons calls for salary cuts
Laying off state employees and teachers would be an "untenable situation," he said in response to questions from reporters.
Instead, the governor wants to find a way that salaries of state employees and school teachers can be reduced to avoid layoffs in the wake of the state's new $300 million budget deficit.
"I am willing to take a salary reduction," said Gibbons, who earns $141,000 a year. "At this critical time, no one wants to be laid off before Thanksgiving, before the Christmas holidays."
During a public forum conducted by Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, in Reno last month, some Nevadans even called for a tax on gold.