To the editor:
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s tax plan is one complete mess. His plan hurts the little guy while providing for special interests. Gov. Sandoval says the plan is for education and the kids. Yet residents continue to pump millions of dollars into the education system in Nevada each and every year and still come out at the bottom of the list for quality education.
A large chunk of money that Gov. Sandoval earmarks for education will probably go to the salaries, benefits and pensions of school administrators and teachers. A good deal of the tax money will go to public employee unions. The governor is looking out for public employees so he can garner their support.
He also put a burden on small business and low-income earners by increasing business taxes and raising the cigarette tax. What a joke.
What he didn’t do was raise taxes on the casinos in the state. The governor and lawmakers in Nevada constantly give gaming a sweetheart deal while gouging the little guy for more and more tax money. They also neglected to tax the alcohol industry. If they can tax us on cigarettes, why not alcohol? The gaming industry doesn’t want alcohol taxes increased.
Lawmakers in Nevada also lie to citizens, passing supposedly temporary taxes that would sunset, only to continue renewing those taxes.
Look at Gov. Sandoval’s tax plan with a jaundiced eye. The only ones who will benefit are lawmakers and public employee unions. You can bet that millions of dollars collected through this punitive tax plan on the little guy will go to them.
BRADLEY KUHNS, Las Vegas