Governor Brian Sandoval, surrounded by beaming legislators, announced that a balanced budget exists, the session would end on time. Legislators congratulated each other for being able to work together for a common sense budget, despite not even a week ago it seemed bitter partisan divides would keep this day from happening, and Governor Sandoval threatened to shut the state government down rather than call a special session.
The #Mar21 and #Sandoville activists asked for it: a balanced approached to our state's budget and compromises on taxes and much needed reforms. Thanks to the Nevada Supreme Court, we got it. Legislators did their jobs, worked together and compromised. And I'm sure, everyone will do their best to take credit in some way.
Our friends on the right will try their best to explain that by Governor Sandoval (R-Jones Vargas) raising taxes he is in no way breaking his pledge not to raise taxes.
President Barack Obama takes a sip from a glass of cool, refreshing conservative tears.
"Non-partisan" Nevada Propaganda Rhetoric Institute will fudge numbers and whine about Florida.
Conservative purity police will have their say.
And some lefties will still be upset with some of the cuts and the damage done to unions.
But like the song says, you can't always get what you want.
In the end, it's Nevada who comes out the winner. Our budget is balanced, some of the cruelest reforms softened, much needed education reforms are agreed on and the sunset taxes passed in 2009, that Nevada's fragile economy has recovered under, have been extended to 2013.
Here's the numbers via the Las Vegas Sun (pdf)
I'll update this entry as more news about the budget comes out.