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Assembly GOP opposes Nevada mining tax plan

Assembly GOP opposes Nevada mining tax plan

CREATED Mar 6, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Republicans in the Nevada Assembly are distancing themselves from their Senate colleagues over a proposal to seek more taxes from mining.

The Assembly GOP caucus on Wednesday said legislators should focus on the budget and other government reforms instead of trying to draft a mining tax measure to compete with a business tax initiative on the 2014 ballot.

Senate Republicans announced their proposal Tuesday, saying increasing taxes on mining would raise more money for K-12 education, the prime focus on the business tax initiative pushed by the state teachers' union.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has said he won't support a tax increase, and Assembly Republicans are backing his position.

Minority Leader Pat Hickey of Reno says the governor's proposed budget has more than $400 million in new funding for education.