(Diana Orrock for Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Despite what you may be hearing from some Assembly Republicans now praising the successes of the 2015 Legislature, there are consequences to voting for the $1.4 billion tax hike, the largest in Nevada‘s history.
That hike comes complete with a brand new gross receipts tax very much like the one 79 percent of Nevada voters rejected at the ballot box just last November.
What happened in the Legislature’s 2015 session?
This was a historic opportunity for Republicans, who had complete and total legislative control for the first time since 1929. As such, this was a wasted opportunity to really distinguish Republican ideals of low taxes and smaller government from Democratic ideals of more taxes and growing a government that can never be big enough.
Even the most important education reform bill passed by the Legislature, the creation of Education Saving Accounts that parents can use for private school tuition, was bungled by refusing to allow parents who already have children in private schools to set up an ESA without first yanking their kids out of their current private school and forcing them into a public school for 100 days.
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