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Governor Sandoval Discusses Gaming, Taxes & His Future

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The governor right away revealed his agenda - bills in the legislature he wants to see become law. One would expand online poker to allow bets from other states. Some casino owners see online gaming as a threat to Nevada's top industry. The governor sees money-making potential. "I do believe it's the next frontier in gaming. This is something that was approved two years ago. Nevada is leading the country right now in terms of regulating online gaming and putting together a regulatory structure."

There's some urgency in the governor's support. Thursday, Governor Chris Christie vetoed New Jersey's online gaming bill. Governor Sandoval wants Nevada all in, and soon. He expects the bill to pass within 30 days. "There are many, many companies in Nevada that see this as a great opportunity for our state."

He also told us he's sticking to what he said in his annual State of the State address: he will not support higher taxes. A tough line to hold when Washoe County schools would like a sales and/or property tax boost to fix up older schools. Would he veto that if it passed? He doubts it would reach his desk in the first place. "It's hard to predict what's going to happen. I don't know if there's support, two-thirds support in the legislature to get that passed in the first place."

And one more thing we had to find out…if he could see himself, here. "Well, I'm very happy to be in Carson City. Washington, D.C....."

John: "That's a pretty nice house..."

Sandoval: "But I would take Carson City, the governor's mansion over that."

Other things we learned? The state he admires most in terms of government and progress is New Mexico. And who is his favorite past Nevada governor? Governor Paul Laxalt.

Written by John Potter

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