And that’s EXACTLY what Republicans in the Assembly should tell Gov. Brian Sandoval about his $7.3 billion budget and corresponding Billion Dollar Tax Hike. Instead, they’re feverishly and foolishly working on alternative budgets and alternative tax hikes.
This is the price Nevada taxpayers are being forced to pay for the John Hambrick Screw Job done to conservative Assemblywoman Michele Fiore before the start of the session when the Speaker unilaterally removed her as Chairman of the Taxation Committee.
With Fiore out of the way and a number of GOP legislators sidelined by political threats or political “bribes,” Sandoval felt free to officially launch this week his Gruberesque propaganda campaign to pass his Billion Dollar Tax Hike — “Gruber” being a reference to the now-infamous MIT professor who admitted to lying to the public in order to pass ObamaCare.
Now, I’m reliably told there are as many as 20 Republicans in the Assembly who will not vote for the governor’s tax hike. And it only takes 15 — thanks to the Jim Gibbons Tax Restraint Law! — to kill it.
Problem is, too many of them have nerves of rubber and are scared to tell the governor that his budget is DOA and to go back and do it over.
And make no mistake; doing it over is the governor’s responsibility, not the Legislature’s.
The governor has an army of taxpayer-funded professional budget analysts at his beck-and-call. Legislators have an old Texas
Instruments pocket calculator.
Legislators have neither time nor staff to produce in a matter of weeks what Sandoval’s army has been concocting for over a YEAR. So if Assembly Republicans have the 15 votes to kill the Billion Dollar Tax Hike, they should tell the governor that, publicly, NOW.
Those budget number-crunchers are paid by taxpayers to do what the governor tells them to do. And if Assembly Republicans tell Sandoval to go back and come up with a budget that meets the $6.3 billion allowance the Economic Forum has given him, that’s exactly what they’ll do.
It’s not that Assembly Republicans don’t have the power to force the governor’s hand. The problem is they don’t have the… um, well, you know.
Indeed, only four Republicans in the Assembly have told me they’re a definite “no” on the Billion Dollar Tax Hike: Fiore, John Moore, Shelly Shelton and Jim Wheeler. The rest have to be assumed at this point to be “yes” votes unless or until such time as they publicly declare otherwise.
It’s time for these fence-straddlers to pick a side — and for taxpayers to break out the pitchforks and light the torches!
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Republicans to Introduce Alternative Billion Dollar Tax Hike to Sandoval’s Billion Dollar Tax Hike! Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R&R Partners) made his pitch for his Billion Dollar Tax Hike to the Legislature on Thursday afternoon.
But instead of legislative Republicans declaring it dead on arrival, Nevada’s #2 liberal blogger-with-a-taxpayer-
“Assembly Republicans have crafted a tax plan that is a hybrid of the business license fee component used by the governor and an expansion of the payroll tax plan sought by some business types, sources confirm. The plan is expected to drop Monday, the deadline for committee bill introductions.”
Please ignore the fact that Mr. Ralston apparently doesn’t know how to spell “license” or “governor.” The outrageous thing is that the Assembly GOP’s alternative plan “fully funds the governor’s budget.”
In other words, Nevada’s Republican governor is proposing a billion dollar tax hike — with no spending cuts in the budget — and the Republican majority in the state Senate is prepared to say “Amen!” while the Republican majority in the Assembly is prepared to say “Yes!” to a Billion Dollar Tax Hike, just not the same billion dollars in taxes that the governor wants to hike.
Meanwhile, it’s Democrats in the Legislature who are proposing to kill the asinine Modified Business Tax that taxes businesses for hiring employees.
Is this some kind of sick joke? And let’s start being honest about this tax hike, shall we? Almost half of SandRINOval’s tax hike will come from a new gross receipts tax that he’s calling a “Business License Fee.”
Which according to some Republicans isn’t really a tax hike because they’re calling it a “fee” and you can avoid the fee simply by, you know, not opening a business.
Yeah, that’s a GREAT economic development plan, huh? Anyway, I had lunch with a friend today and let him know that his
current annual business license fee of $200 would jump to over $11,000. But he wasn’t worried and had no objection.
He said he’s just going to pass the expense on to consumers! And believe you me, he ain’t the only one.
The fact of the matter is, businesses aren’t going to pay these higher taxes… er, excuse me… fees.
They’re gonna pass them on to you and me in the form of higher prices. Or close up shop and put a lot of you out of work.
Our Republican-in-name-only governor is screwing YOU. Republicans in the state Senate are screwing YOU.
Republicans in the state Assembly are screwing YOU.
Are you tired of constantly being screwed yet? This is why it’s not enough to just elect more Republicans.
We need to elect BETTER ones, as well.
In the meantime, break out the pitchforks and light the torches! FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“If they approve the new business tax, I’m closing my doors and letting my five employees go. With all the employee taxes, insurances, my 300 percent increase in health ins premium, EPA, State Fire Marshal, DMV, etc., etc., and chiseling insurance companies, we are tapped out. What is he [Sandoval] thinking?” — Deb Bonetti, Last Chance Auto Body, Elko
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached by email at email@example.com.