(Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Today [Monday], the Nevada Senate passed a $620 million tax increase. Freshman Sen. Ben Kieckhefer was one of four Senate Republicans to vote for the tax increase.
What’s ironic here is a statement Kieckhefer made to Ray Hagar of the Reno Gazette-Journal. Hagar asked Kieckhefer if, after receiving numerous e-mails opposing his decision to raise taxes, the senator would reject tax increases.
The first-year senator from south Reno, who knocked off the sign-kickin’ Ty Cobb in the GOP primary, says he remains a solid vote for the budget deal.
“I made a commitment. I don’t plan on breaking it.” [Emphasis added]
While sticking to your commitments is an admirable quality, it’s one Kieckhefer applies selectively. He did not keep the commitment he made to his constituents in 2010 — that he wouldn’t vote for the sunset taxes — and he broke his word to them today.