(Ryan Hamilton) – Politifact’s Nevada branch is among the first to formally confirm what Senate District 6 voters already knew–that Erv Nelson not only voted for the largest tax increase in Nevada history, but the net effect for businesses statewide was a massive increase in their tax bill.
“This is vindicating. Politifact’s thorough examination of the claim is devastating for my opponent,” Seaman said. “He told constituents that he wouldn’t vote for new and higher taxes and then turned around in Carson City and voted for new and higher taxes. Now he’s deceiving them again about how he voted.”
Seaman references the claim made by Nelson and others that his vote for SB 483, the largest tax increase in the history of the state, was a vote to reduce taxes on Nevada’s businesses. This was a shocking and bizarre claim, made in spite of common knowledge, logic and all evidence to the contrary.
Politifact’s dissection of the claim leaves no stone unturned in their exhaustive search to determine the facts.
“This is conclusive. Nelson needs to stop distributing these falsehoods to my current constituents and his new neighbors,” Seaman said. “I expected this campaign to be about the merits of the tax package and our state’s education system. That’s what Nevadans deserve. But how can we have an honest debate about the tax package if my opponent refuses to acknowledge that he even voted for a tax increase? The public deserves the truth. If establishment Republicans wanted to campaign on a tax cut, that’s the legislation they should have introduced.”
Seaman renewed her call on Nelson and the Senate GOP caucus supporting him to stop repeating this claim.
EXCERPT FROM POLITIFACT:
“The changes made to Nevada’s payroll tax aren’t a traditional tax cut. … Still, the 95 percent figure isn’t accurate, even if we accept such a generous definition of a tax cut. And narrowly focusing on one tax change ignores many other tax increases passed by lawmakers. We rate this claim as False.”
Mr. Hamilton is a consultant on the Seaman senate campaign