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Political Update – February 6, 2018

Sandoval's pro-tax fearmongering unsupported by data

 

Daniel Honchariw
Thursday, February 1, 2018

 

Gov. Brian Sandoval appears to be overly concerned that his signature legislative achievement, the Commerce Tax, might not stand the test of time — at least that’s the impression given by his misleading statements to media outlets on the subject.

Since learning in late 2017 that Nevada’s Attorney General (and 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate) Adam Laxalt supports the concept of repealing the Commerce Tax, Gov. Sandoval is on-record as having proclaimed the following with regards to the financial impact of repeal:

"[Repealing the Commerce Tax] is going to hurt kids, going to hurt teachers, it's going to hurt parents. Every single [new] program would be eliminated."

That’s pretty apocalyptic talk. He continued:

“Anyone supporting a repeal of the Commerce Tax must explain to Nevada’s children, families and businesses which education initiatives will be cut if it is eliminated…Will they cut gifted and talented programs, end all-day kindergarten, eliminate special education resources, decrease literacy programs that help students read by third grade, cut autism funding, stop career and technical education, and get rid of technology in schools grants? Any discussion of eliminating this revenue source must include answers about where in the budget they will cut.”

Sandoval’s attempts to paint repeal as a grave injustice to the state’s ailing education establishment, however, have no basis in fiscal reality.

Contrary to what the outgoing governor suggests, education spending is set to increase every year into the foreseeable future, even before Commerce Tax revenues are taken into account.

What this means, is there will be no need for cuts in education — or anywhere else — in the event that Nevadans choose to repeal the governor’s ill-conceived gross-receipts tax at the ballot box or through their elected representatives.

 



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"Gov. Brian Sandoval appears to be overly concerned that his signature legislative achievement, the Commerce Tax, might not stand the test of time — at least that’s the impression given by his misleading statements to media outlets on the subject."
  - Daniel Honchariw, NPRI,
February 1st, 2018

 

Campaign 2018: Nevada recall efforts will be heard in court

Colton Lochhead
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 4, 2018

Two recalls targeting Democratic state senators will come to a head this week when a District Court judge hears arguments about the validity of the efforts.

A slew of arguments relating to the two recalls that started in August are scheduled to be heard Wednesday. The crux of the hearing is likely to be whether to count several thousand requests from people asking for their signatures to be removed from the recall petitions.

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