“Elections have consequences …” Obama likes to say.
But not in Nevada. Not any more.
The voters of Nevada swept into office a majority of Republicans in both the Assembly and state Senate, as well as all constitutional statewide offices, many of whom pledged to not raise taxes. Instead, the governor has proposed the biggest tax hike in history — $1.3 billion — for the general fund, and it appears enough of those recently elected Republicans will meekly go along with him. An fact, they have ridiculed anyone who dares suggest anything even slightly less draconian.
Two of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposals were specifically rejected by the voters in November — a tax on gross receipts and increasing the tax on mining.
The governor also wishes to make permanent a package of temporary taxes that he twice before promised the voters to sunset but broke that promise.
This week lawmakers are considering a bill that would rollover school bonds that voters approved with specific ending dates.
According to Nevada Policy Research Institute, this could cost taxpayers an additional $3 billion to $4 billion in higher property taxes, especially in Clark and Washoe counties, where voters have in recent years rejected school bond issues at the ballot box.
The bill — Senate Bill 119 — would also remove the requirement that workers on school construction be paid the the so-called prevailing wage, which increases the cost of construction by 40 percent or more in some cases. Democrats are fighting to remove that bit of savings and still stick the voters with the billions in higher taxes. More of your money for their union backers.
To add insult to voter injury, Sandoval has even proposed that local school boards be appointed and not elected.
And you thought your vote counted. Democracy was a nice experiment while it lasted.