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Republicans offered Nevada sales tax hike [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Today, the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a story outlining Senate Republicans’ plan to raise the statewide sales tax rather than vote against corporate tax breaks in order to increase education funding.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Molly Forgey released the following statement:

“In working to raise Nevada’s statewide sales tax, Senate Republicans would rather shift the burden of education funding onto hardworking Nevadans rather than vote against corporate tax breaks. While Republicans worked to protect big businesses and increase taxes for consumers, Democrats funded the largest education budget in our state’s history that included a raise for our educators and, for the first time ever, funding for school safety. Republicans couldn’t be more clear about their priorities: They’ve chosen the success of large corporations over Nevada’s future.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Republicans offered Nevada sales tax hike

By Colton Lochhead

June 3, 2019

  • While publicly fighting a proposal to stave off a scheduled decrease in the payroll tax rate by saying it was unnecessary, Republicans behind the scenes were floating an idea to raise Nevada’s statewide sales tax.
  • In negotiations during the final days of the Legislature over the payroll tax plan, Senate Majority Leader James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, had raised the possibility of a quarter-cent statewide sales tax with Democratic leadership. The proposal would have generated more than $300 million, according to multiple sources involved in the discussions.
  • Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Las Vegas, confirmed Monday that Republicans had pitched the idea of raising taxes.
  • “They’ve been offering to raise additional taxes, which I think is interesting given that part of their argument for so long was that they don’t see the need,” Cannizzaro said Monday. “If they don’t see additional need for monies in the state, then their argument about pitching sales tax or any other form of tax is something I don’t quite understand.”


Read the full story here.