CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A debate over education funding turned bitter on the Nevada Senate floor when Democrats accused Republicans of not wanting to compromise on taxes and the GOP minority leader chastised the majority for failed leadership.

An intense 90-minute session began Tuesday when Democratic Majority Leader Mo Denis of Las Vegas announced he had canceled a hearing on a proposed payroll tax plan because without GOP willingness to consider it, Democrats lacked the votes for passage.

At times emotional, Denis told his colleagues they were setting children up for failure and putting partisanship over policy.

Republican Minority Leader Michael Roberson of Henderson responded with a rebuke, saying Democrats need to learn how to lead.

The exchange punctuated a stalemate unlikely to thaw with less than two weeks left in the session.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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