(Janine Hansen) – On August 17, 2010, Nevada Republican Assembly Leader Pete Goicoechea publicly supported John Ellison, the Republican candidate for Assembly District 33 (Elko and surrounding areas), in a letter-to-the-editor published by the Elko Daily Free Press.
On Monday, August 23rd, on Nevada Newsmakers (Nevada’s Number One Political Show), Goicoechea spoke about the necessity of raising taxes during the next session of the Legislature.
Assemblyman Goicoechea said: “I think we can get by with less than a billion dollars (in tax hikes)…I do think we have to have some revenue increases…I think we should have had the 2% sales tax on food for the people to vote on…a 2% sales tax on food would raise half a billion dollars for the biennium.”
John Ellison has not signed the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” as I have done. Will Ellison follow Assembly Leader Goicoechea’s lead in supporting new taxes?
In 2003, the Nevada Legislature raised taxes $833 million dollars…almost a billion.
In 2009, the Nevada Legislature raised the taxes more than a billion dollars.
These were each in turn the largest tax increases in Nevada history. Can we expect another huge tax increase…the third massive tax increase in less than a decade? When will it be enough? Where does it end?
Nevada Policy Research Institute rated all the state Legislators according to their tax and spend records. The so-called conservative Pete Goicoechea received a rating of only 34.86% out of 100. Do we want another tax-and-spender in the Nevada Legislature?
My record is clear. I have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, testified repeatedly at the Legislature against raising taxes, and spearheaded the ‘Axe the Tax’ petition campaign. I will not vote for new taxes.
What about you, Mr. Ellison?
(Janine Hansen is the Independent American candidate for Assembly District 33)