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The teacher union is pushing for a $1.4 billion tax hike!
Nevada Policy Research Institute
January 28, 2020
The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) has launched details regarding their plan to take more out of the pockets of working Nevadans. Two tax hikes have been proposed: an increase on gaming taxes and an increase on the state sales tax.
The grand total this go-around would be $1.4 billion in new levies — with more than $1 billion of that coming from a hike in the state’s sales tax.
While the gaming tax will hurt business and thus Nevadans by reducing job creation, the sales tax increase is simply devastating. The proposal would raise the average sales tax rate to nearly 10 percent – the highest nationwide!
Here at Nevada Policy, we’re not sure who the voters are that are asking to pay more in taxes, but the teacher’s union must know. Will they ever have enough of your money to funnel to education bureaucrats?
Under their tax taking initiative the measure would go to the 2021 Legislature, which could pass it into law. If lawmakers decline, the measure would then go to voters via the ballot in 2022 and, if passed, would take effect the following year.
If unions get their way on this billion-dollar sales tax increase, it would be a big blow to low and middle-income working families.
This whole effort is sponsored by Nevadans for Fair Gaming Taxes, a new political action committee under the auspices of the Clark County Education Association.
Nevada Policy Research Institute is on the ground in Nevada to say enough is enough. Do we want and need more of our tax dollars going to form political action committees for the benefit of CCEA’s political arm? The added tax revenue will be used to keep a broken bureaucracy afloat, not towards improving student learning.
The fact is, the education bureaucracy — specifically the CCEA — and whatever new entities they create to strong-arm more of your tax dollars, can’t wait to grow their reach and influence in Nevada at your expense.
But we’re here to push back and make the case that pouring more money into a broken system will not improve Nevada’s education outcomes and will make ordinary working Nevadans worse off.