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August 20, 2019
20 Aug 2019

Political Update – August 20, 2019

Keystone Corporation Joins Lawsuit to Protect Nevada’s Constitution

Keystone Corporation
August 20, 2019

The Keystone Corporation is proud to have joined in the lawsuit to protect Nevada’s Constitutional requirement that two-thirds of the legislature support tax increases before they can be enacted. As an organization, we didn’t just join this lawsuit, we are doing our part to help fund it.  But we need your help today.

As the leading conservative statewide business organization in Nevada, we would love for you to join us and become a member today so you can help us win this lawsuit and fight for our shared principles.  However, if you are unable to join at this time, you can still help us fight to protect our Constitution by going here.

Article 4, Section 18, Subsection 2 of the Nevada Constitution clearly states that this two-thirds vote is required in both houses of the legislature for any bill “which creates, generates, or increases any public revenue in any form, including but not limited to taxes, fees, assessments, rates, or changes in the computation bases for taxes, fees, assessments and rates.” 

Using what Senate Republican Leader James Settelmeyer (District 17) has properly called “a work of legal fiction,” legislative lawyers for the Democrat majority gave a green light to legislators to ignore our Constitution, along with the will of the voters.  In two consecutive elections, Nevada voters placed this tax restraint initiative into our Constitution with over 70 percent of the vote.  That is a clear, bipartisan statement by the voters of our state.  

At the Keystone Corporation, we believe it this provision of our Constitution is worth fighting to defend, and that is why we joined this lawsuit. Further, if legislators can simply ignore the Nevada Constitution to allow for tax increases on the Modified Business Tax (MBT) and on DMV fees this year, what will happen when they try to raise our sales taxes, property taxes, gas taxes, and on and on?  

Please consider joining Keystone Corporation today, or provide us with a contribution to help fund this critically-imporant lawsuit.  We appreciate any amount you can provide.

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“At the Keystone Corporation, we believe it this provision of our Constitution is worth fighting to defend, and that is why we joined this lawsuit. Further, if legislators can simply ignore the Nevada Constitution to allow for tax increases on the Modified Business Tax (MBT) and on DMV fees this year, what will happen when they try to raise our sales taxes, property taxes, gas taxes, and on and on?”

Keystone Corporation

GOP lawsuit vital to protecting our representative system of government

Robert Fellner
Nevada Policy
Research Institute

August 12, 2019

The long-awaited bill creating a new education funding formula is here. Many key details, however, are yet to be determined.

In an effort to defend our state constitution and representative system of government, the Senate Republican Caucus recently filed a lawsuit to invalidate a pair of tax hikes that were passed without the constitutionally required two-thirds support.

Keystone’s Mission:

To recruit, support and advocate for candidates for public office who support private sector job creation, low taxation, a responsible regulatory environment, and effective delivery of essential state services.

Keystone’s Mission:

• To focus on candidate support on state legislative races and the governor’s office.
• To oppose any form of corporate income taxes or other business taxes that discourage capital investment and therefore job creation.
• Support limiting Nevada state government spending to the rate of population growth.

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