Report: Guinn, Buckley push property tax for social
property-tax crush bears down on homeowners,
Gov. Kenny Guinn and Assembly Democrats have quietly
agreed to expand State of Nevada spending obligations
funded by the property tax,
Three or four new social-service programs would be
launched under a plan developed by an interim
subcommittee headed by Assembly Majority Leader
Barbara Buckley. At least two of the programs have
already been publicly endorsed by Gov. Kenny Guinn in
his proposed Medicaid budget.
Driving the entire campaign is the prospect of
getting millions of new matching federal dollars for
state government to spend. Under the Buckley plan,
state property tax revenues that currently support
indigent medical care under two state accounts --
Indigent Accident Fund (IAF) and Supplemental Fund
(SF) -- would be directed elsewhere.
Nevada Taxpayers Association
Getting Nevada onto
Sound Fiscal Policy
The Guinn administration and members of the Nevada
Legislature got a gentle reminder last week that their
collective history of ignoring the business cycle
means chronic hardship for Nevada taxpayers.
In a 12-page paper,
Recommendations for a
Sound Fiscal Policy, Nevada Taxpayers
Association President Carole Vilardo wrote
that at the very time that Silver State
taxpayers' income is reduced or stagnant, they are
"often asked to contribute more to maintain government
budgets; yet, when their income is improving, they do
not see any attempt to reduce their tax liability."
Recommendations include 11 budget reforms, 10
expenditure reforms and 23 miscellaneous reforms.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
The loophole in the
real property transfer tax
have to pay the tax?
Large corporations have found a loophole in Nevada law
that allows them to avoid paying millions of dollars in
real property transfer taxes, a Las Vegas developer
tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Commentary from NPRI
How much carnage?
Just how much damage do proponents of “compassion” get
to inflict, anyway?
It’s an increasingly important question here in Nevada,
where, whenever you turn around, someone is always
mongering “compassion” to rationalize some new scheme of
government confiscation or coercion.
A current example is the chant by the AFL-CIO that
jacking up Nevada’s legal minimum wage is the way for
the state to “fight poverty.” Testifying before
lawmakers, union bosses cite Washington state as their
model for what the Silver State should do.
Washington voters in 1998 approved an initiative not
only raising that state’s minimum wage but also tying
it to changes in the federal Consumer Price Index.
AFL-CIO operatives told Washingtonians—just as they
told Nevadans during last year’s campaign here—that a
big hike in the minimum wage would decrease poverty.
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