First of all, Sandoval didn’t run on a platform of raising taxes by over a billion dollars and dumping some $800 million of it into the bottomless pit known as public education. Instead, he hid his plans from the voters and then sprung the whole deal on the state and the Legislature out of the blue.
That was simply dishonest… unless the governor wants us to believe he only suddenly developed this “vision” for a “New Nevada” after the November elections.
And if you believe that one, I have an oil field in my back yard I’d like to sell you!
Secondly, I’d be THRILLED to take the governor up on his challenge. Just give me the same access to the same taxpayer-funded budget and economic staff at the governor’s disposal — along with two cases of red pens — and I’ll be happy to come up with a responsible budget that funds only Nevada’s “essential” services without a tax hike.
In fact, I’ll do it and come up with a tax CUT… including the elimination of the modified business tax.
The governor and his too-cute-by-half political svengalis have already deceived Nevadans once by hiding their tax-and spend scheme until after the ballots were counted. We ain’t falling for the “where would you cut” gambit unless we’re provided the same tools the governor has at his disposal.
Sandoval campaigned on a promise to kill the “sunsets” and not raise taxes. It’s HIS job to present a budget that kills the sunsets and doesn’t raise taxes, not mine… or yours. All we’re asking for is that the governor be a man of his word. Is that too much to ask?
In the meantime, it’s more than appropriate for those of us who would have to pay for Sandoval’s “new Nevada” “vision” to respond with a Stone Cold Steve Austin-like, “Hell, no!”
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Government creates jobs like ticks create blood
Why do politicians who run on promises to “create jobs” then seemingly go out of their way to do everything humanly possible to hamstring the very people who actually create jobs?
To be clear, other than jobs which are “created” using tax dollars to hire government employees, the government doesn’t create jobs.
Entrepreneurs create jobs. Businesses create jobs. The best thing the government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way. Case in point: Uber.
The global ride-sharing service came into Nevada last fall, creating thousands of jobs for Nevadans, while simultaneously providing a convenient, long-needed, cost-saving service to local residents, as well as tourists. But the government, at the behest of the state’s Taxi Cartel, went to court to shut the company down, putting thousands of Nevadans out of work on, of all days, Thanksgiving Day.
And then there’s the outrageous case of Dotty’s Neighborhood Taverns. These are a new type of establishment where people, primarily older women, can buy an adult beverage, grab some bar food and play the poker machines in an atmosphere unlike that of a traditional sports bar. Dotty’s new tavern model has been wildly successful and the company employs thousands of Nevadans all over the state.
Dotty’s has also taken over dozens of locations of failed “traditional” tavern locations and reopened them, thus rescuing commercial landlords from having a building sit vacant and earning no revenue.
You’d think the Clark County Commission would be singing Dotty’s praises. But you’d be wrong.
Instead, commissioners have been micromanaging the operation, passing ordinances that go so far as to even dictate the height and width of their bars! Many of these requirements have even been imposed retroactively, costing the company millions and millions of dollars to retrofit their facilities. Money that otherwise could have been used
to… create jobs.
In the city of Las Vegas, the city council has gone to great lengths to cripple a privately owned and operated ambulance service, American Medical Response, that not only doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime, but has been paying the city beau coup bucks to operate here for many, many years.
And then, of course, there’s the piece de résistance: Gov. Sandoval’s recently proposed tax hike.
Nothing kills job creation more effectively than jacking up the amount of money the government takes out of the private sector. In Sandoval’s case, per his 2015-17 budget proposal, that government redistribution of wealth will be in the neighborhood of a billion dollars!
To steal a line from my friend Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, the government creates jobs the way ticks create blood. And once the government buries its head in your business, it’s darned near impossible get it out.