Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nevada Republican Party Acts to Repeal Largest Tax Increase in Nevada History

PRESS RELEASE June 23, 2015
Nevada Republican Party

The citizens of this great country started a Revolution in 1773 by throwing tea into the Boston Harbor to protest “Taxation without Representation”. A new Revolution has begun in the state of Nevada for the same reason.

On November 4, 2014, nearly 80% of Nevada’s voters said NO to Question 3, The Education Initiative, which was a margins tax based on a business’s gross receipts.  Just 72 days later, during his State of the State address on January 15, 2015, Governor Brian Sandoval proposed a $7.3 Billion budget to be funded with roughly $1 Billion in new taxes. The proposed tax package included a new Commerce Tax based on business’s gross receipts.

On June 1, 2015, the Nevada legislature passed SB483. This bill made permanent the “sunset taxes”, a package of  taxes passed in 2009 based on the promise that they were temporary and would sunset in 2011. These “temporary” taxes have been continuously extended since their enactment. The legislature increased the amount of these taxes, and also added new taxes to the bill, including a version of the gross receipts tax rejected by 80% of Nevada voters – the very definition of  “Taxation without Representation.”

The Nevada Republican Party (NRP), supported by many of Nevada’s county GOP parties, views the passage of SB483 as a breach of our legislator’s representation of the citizens of this state. Many of the legislators who supported the tax increases found it helpful to identify with the Republican platform of limited government and fiscal responsibility while campaigning, yet turned their back on that platform and the express will of the voters once elected.

The NRP is tasked with increasing Republican voter registration and maximizing voter turnout in support of Republican candidates. When some legislators pretend to support the GOP platform to get elected, and then vote to support the Democrat agenda once in office, they deprive Nevada Republicans of their representation, and force the party to take action to protect Nevada voters.
First, the NRP is forming a special committee to support efforts to place a referendum on the 2016 ballot to repeal the tax increases that were imposed against the will of Nevada voters. This committee will coordinate with other groups that are working on a referendum, such as NV80 and the We Decide Coalition in a unified effort to allow the voter’s voice to be heard.

Additionally, the NRP will not support the re-election in 2016 of those legislators who failed to represent the voters. The special committee will also cooperate with local groups seeking recall of Senators that supported the tax increase whose terms extend beyond 2016.  

Finally, the NRP will support the Republican legislators who did support their constituents in the 2015 legislative session, and will recruit and support candidates to join them who will represent Nevadans honestly. By keeping the promises made in their campaigns once in office, these legislators will help restore voter’s faith in the Republican Party.

The special committee in charge of the statewide effort will be chaired by Carolyn Howell. Mrs. Howell can be contacted at chowell@nevadagop.org.