(Mark Ciavola/Right Pride) – Yesterday Democrats in the Nevada Assembly, namely Tick Segerblom, Paul Aizley, Steven Brooks and Peggy Pierce, introduced a bill they have co-sponsored which would exclude bottled water from the tax-exempt category of food. If passed, AB218 would add a tax to all sales of bottled water from the ones you find in the supermarket, to the ones you have delivered at your office. According to Nevada Appeal, the water “may include carbonation, fruit or spice flavoring, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes.”
“These Democrats just don’t get it,” said Mark Ciavola, President of Right Pride – Nevada’s only organization representing gay conservatives and their straight allies. “The challenges facing Nevada will not be solved by increasing the cost of grocery bills for hard-working families – both gay and straight.”
Nevada continues to be one of the hardest-hit states in foreclosures, per capita bankruptcies, and unemployment. Republicans and Democrats are battling it out in the legislature as to which is the proper method to solve the issues facing the Silver State. Republicans are standing firm on their promises not to increase taxes.
“Tax-addict Peggy Pierce and her friends in Carson City must understand that the solution to our economic crisis does not lie in another punishing tax increase for Nevada families, but rather in how the state government spends the money it already has,” concluded Ciavola.
(Mark Ciavola is President of Right Pride, www.rightpride.org .)