Vol. 1, No. 13
Nevada Taxpayers Association
grapple with tax-rebate options
years ago, Nevada lawmakers waged a
rancorous battle over the state’s largest tax
increase in history.
This session also
will close with a tax battle. But this time it’s
over how much to give back.
a $606 million surplus,” said Assembly Minority
Leader Lynn Hettrick, R-Gardnerville. “We don’t
need to spend it.”
When Gov. Kenny
Guinn first announced his plan to seek a $300
million tax rebate last year, it met with
immediate resistance from many lawmakers.
pressure accompanying the Democratic primary for
the 2006 governor’s race, coupled with Guinn’s
threat to veto the budget if it doesn’t include
a rebate, has many lawmakers changing their
for Policy Analysis
By Bruce Bartlett
believe in coincidences in politics. When
I see the Wall Street Journal and New
York Times both running big front-page
stories within two days of each other on a
subject that isn’t remotely time sensitive, I
know that something is going on. More than
likely, it signals the beginning of an organized
campaign by the liberal media to gin up an issue
for the Democrats.
When a team is on a losing streak, the best
thing the coach can do is line up a game with a
cream-puff opponent. Even if the victory doesn’t
mean much substantively, it can go a long way
toward helping restore his players’ confidence
and, hopefully, lead to victories against
When liberals are on a losing steak, two of the
issues they come back to time and time again are
racism and inequality.
Social Security problem is just one aspect of a
larger retirement revolution - an upheaval in
medicine, life expectancy, and work. Since
Social Security’s creation in 1935, life spans
have increased dramatically. Someone who now
reaches 65 can expect to live almost another 20
New York Sun
1994, when China instituted a quasi
currency board system, the Chinese economy,
linked to the greenback as its reserve currency
and standard of value, has created more
prosperity in that huge country than at any time
before in its history. Since 1994, real growth
of gross domestic product in China has averaged
about 9% a year. During this time, in a country
previously plagued repeatedly by unreliable
money and a volatile but usually high inflation
rate, the Chinese consumer price index has risen
only slightly above 3% a year. Japan would die
for this kind of economic performance. So would
Western Europe. Why would anybody in his or her
right mind wish to meddle with this kind of
The Rise of the Activist CFO
“Activist” chief financial officers are
playing a key role in shaping their companies’
operations to achieve the overall strategic
mission, according to a new survey of 1,600
senior financial executives by Booz Allen
Hamilton and CFO Research Services.
69: A union hammer
against non-union workers
Latest enhancement to the
compulsory unionism ‘two step’
By Steven Miller
protested Tuesday that they’re not out to “gut”
Nevada’s right-to-work statute.
What they didn’t mention, however, is that the
legislation they’re pushing would remove key worker
protections that have long been part of the nearly
60-year-old state law.
Assembly Bill 69 passed the Legislature’s lower
house unanimously April 26, after the Republican
minority accepted assurances from the Assembly’s
Democrat leadership that the latest version of the bill
At the time there was widespread relief in GOP
ranks that the initial version of AB 69 was no more. In
its first incarnation, the bill would have made Nevada
into an “agency shop” state, where nonunion employees
could be made to pay fees at about the level of union
dues to the very unions they refused to join. Those
initial provisions, however, had been removed from AB
But Tuesday, in a hearing of the Senate Commerce
and Labor Committee, lawmakers heard an entirely
different account of the legislation. Greg Mourad,
legislative director the National Right to Work
Committee, based in Washington, D.C., told senators that
the bill would, in fact, “sabotage” Nevada’s
In response, Nevada AFL-CIO chief Danny Thompson
argued that AB 69’s overt wording only allows a union to
request “reasonable reimbursement” when it represents
nonunion employees, at their request, in disputes with
“The bill clearly states the employee must come
to us for representation,” added Thomas Morley,
representing Laborers Local 872 out of Las Vegas.
There is a good deal more to AB 69, however. The
bill would take a highly dubious May 2000 ruling of an
infamously political Nevada Supreme Court and seek to
embed it in Nevada statutes—before a new, more credible
court can revisit the issue.
What’s more, the ruling in question—Cone v.
Service Employees Union—applied only to government
employee unions. AB 69 seeks to apply that same
precedent to every union worksite in Nevada, whether
private sector or public sector.
“The amended bill was the best we could do in
the Assembly and we were assured it was innocuous,”
Assembly Minority Leader Lynn Hettrick told
BusinessNevada. “The assurances were received in
work session after the opposing sides had negotiated the
amendment as an appropriate solution. We did not know
that the Court decision only applied to the public
sector. We learned, after the fact, that the passage of
AB69 would apply the decision to the private sector.”
Hettrick said earlier votes by Assembly
Republicans against Democrat bills to micromanage Nevada
hospitals demonstrate that the minority would have voted
against AB 69 had its actual provisions been understood.
“I hate to say it, but we were not aware of the
potential impact of AB69 as amended,” he said. “We do
our best, but occasionally one gets past us.”
What the Cone v. Nevada Service Employees
Union case was really about, according to critics of
organized labor, was a new extension of a
right-to-work-infringing tactic sometimes called “the
compulsory-unionism two step.”
Step one is where union bosses lobby politicians
for legislation that gives the union an exclusive
monopoly over representation for all employees in
a workplace where 50 percent of the employees, plus one,
have voted the union in.
issues call to action
Chamber seeks $800 Million in taxpayers' savings and
refunds, while calling for education reform
2005 Legislature nears its end, the Las Vegas
Chamber of Commerce is supporting six proposals to
return and save for taxpayers more than $800 million. In
addition, the Chamber is calling for the legislature to
support needed educational changes and comprehensive
1: Return $300 Million to Taxpayers.
2: Shore Up the Rainy Day Fund.
3: Lower Taxes.
4: Abolish Public Employee Retirement Subsidies.
5: Revise Millennium Scholarship Guidelines.
6: Reform Education Spending.
The Las Vegas Chamber
suggests you contact
your legislators and CC the Chamber with any
correspondence you send.
For more on the Chamber's
six pro-taxpayer proposals, and contact information,
please access the Chamber's May 13
Nearly six in 10
of $300 million or more
Las Vegas Review-Journal
CARSON CITY -- Nearly six of every 10 Nevadans who
responded to a poll commissioned by the Review-Journal
and reviewjournal.com say they want the governor and the
state Legislature to rebate to taxpayers $300 million or
more of the state’s $606 million surplus.
Czar Rogers back
to bullying, again
LV Business Press
Real answers, not just calling back reporters, will
The man’s been
called a control freak with a bullying management
style, an authoritarian character who steps on his
subordinates and plays to his superiors. He’s cleared
off messy desks by throwing employees’ papers on the
floor. Forbidden others from eating at their work
Talking about John Bolton? No, President Bush’s nominee
to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nation has his
own anger management issues. Instead, meet Jim Rogers,
Nevada’s newly selected higher education czar.
Pols have mixed reactions to new CCSN program
By Valerie Miller
Las Vegas Business Press
A trio of state
legislators offered mixed reactions to a deal
that will see the Community College of Southern Nevada
funnel its graduates into a bachelor’s degree-granting
program operated by a Denver-based Jesuit university.
The deal linking the community college with Regis
University is scheduled to begin this fall, transforming
the two-year community college into a university-style
institution, potentially pitting the community college
against the state’s two major universities. .
Hope fading for end
to bank branch taxes
By Kevin Rademacher
In his first
year as the head of the Nevada Bankers
Association, Bill Uffelman was given a tough task --
turn back a series of taxes leveled against the state’s
banks by the 2003 Legislature. With a month left in the
120-day session, the job hasn’t gotten any easier. At a
recent Senate Finance Committee hearing, members
announced that they would hear only spending reduction
measures. That put the brakes on any opportunity to
pitch the organization’s SB352. The measure would turn
back a $7,000 annual per-branch excise fee and a 2
percent payroll tax.
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