When bureaucrats decide a tax increase isn’t actually an increase…
Nevada Policy Research Institute
May 10, 2019
In order to fund Governor Sisolak’s proposed budget, Democrats want to change current law, and keep in place a temporary tax increase from 2015. That increase to the Modified Business Tax was originally set to expire this year.
Most people had assumed that such a move would require at least two-thirds support from the legislature — meaning at least one Republican in the Senate would need to join Democrats in voting to extend the tax.
However, the Legislative Council Bureau apparently had a different opinion, telling Democrats this week that no such “supermajority” is needed.
Apparently, the LCB has a different definition of the word “increase” than the rest of us.
“I’m grateful to the Legislative Counsel Bureau for their work to issue this opinion and am pleased that they’ve concluded that a two-thirds vote is not required to pass my recommended budget.”
Governor Steve Sisolak
Details missing from new education funding bill
Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 16, 2019
The long-awaited bill creating a new education funding formula is here. Many key details, however, are yet to be determined.
On Monday, Senate Education Committee chair Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, released the blueprint for a new school funding plan, Senate Bill 543. For years, many Democratic politicians have criticized the current formula, called the Nevada Plan. They claim it’s old and outdated. Their biggest beef is that it doesn’t allocate more money for students who lack English prociency or live in poverty. The theory is that it’s harder to educate those students, so they need additional services, which costs additional money.
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• Support limiting Nevada state government spending to the rate of population growth.
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