On the day the Las Vegas newspaper carries a front page story on the governor making his case to its editorial board for the biggest tax increase in the nation’s history, the editorial page of Investor’s Business Daily bluntly described him as the nation’s worst Republican governor.
“Wasn’t this supposed to be the year Republican governors showcase innovative, pro-growth economic reforms?” IBD asks. “Brian Sandoval apparently didn’t get the memo.”
The paper points out this will be the third time Sandoval has raised taxes, after repeated promises to not do so.
In his State of the State speech Sandoval did not propose a single budget cut, but he told the Las Vegas editorial board: “We’ve done the cuts. I’ve done the consolidations. We’ve done the sweeps (of funds to find revenue). I’ve done all that. I did make up my mind that I’m not going to move backwards anymore. And I also made up my mind I’m not going to put a future governor through this.”
Other than employee furloughs that started under Gov. Jim Gibbons, what has Sandoval cut?
IBD also pointed out that Sandoval is the same governor who handed billionaire Elon Musk a 20-year, $1.25 billion corporate welfare subsidy for his Tesla battery plant. “We wondered then who would pay for this golden handshake. Now we know,” the editorial comments.
IBD also said Sandoval can now be struck from any list for potential national office.