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Reno Business Owners Hear How the Election Affects Them

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Now that the last flake of confetti has been swept off the floor, election experts and other political hounds took a last look back. First, at the state's changing color. Leslie Pittman, president of Sierra Strategies told us, "I do believe that our status as a battleground state is shifting over to the blue...substantially."

And what happens next. Chris Wicker of the Washoe County Democratic Party predicts, "Senator Heller might be the last statewide race republicans are able to win with the kind of advantage that democrats hold in this state." But UNR political science chairman Eric Herzik says that may not be true further into the future: "I think the republican party, which is in complete disarray in the state right now…you have to think they have to fix that."

The purpose behind this post-polls party Wednesday morning: helping local businesses, and giving them the lowdown on what to expect with a presidential re-election. The Chamber's Tray Abney told us, "The president's plan to raise taxes on anybody that makes $250,000 or more affects a lot of small businesses, because they file as individuals on their tax returns."

As for the Nevada Legislature, we're just 2 and a half months away from the regular session, and the new class of lawmakers has a lot to take on. The economy remains stuck, and state coffers are still lacking. Eric Herzik told us, "The biggest thing they have to complete is to get a budget passed." Chris Wicker says that won't be easy. "Figuring out how to find the necessary funds to provide these services is going to be the biggest challenge, just like it was last time."

There is talk about a different budget solution…maybe another try at adjusting the mining tax. Lesley Pittman predicts there's at least a better chance at getting things done with the legislature's new lineup of leaders. She told us they're "moderate leaders who are less ideological than leaders past, and who have demonstrated a willingness and ability to work across party aisles, to accomplish what's in the greater good for Nevada."

-written by John Potter

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