Pay no attention to the Nevada Constitution. That was written 150 years ago by dead white men who had no concept of what the wheeler-dealer world of 21st century Nevada would be like.
There is no way our lawmakers could possibly live by such suggestions such as: “In all cases enumerated in the preceding section, and in all other cases where a general law can be made applicable, all laws shall be general and of uniform operation throughout the State.”
And there is no way in hell to abide by: “The Legislature shall provide by law for a uniform and equal rate of assessment and taxation …”
It is every man for himself and for every business to cut the best deal it can make.
Those who did not get their way are now whining about it — such as Randi Thompson, Nevada state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.
She issued a statement condemning the bill and saying:
“Small business is tired of paying more in taxes so the Legislature can give special tax favors to companies that are its flavors of the month.“The same day the Ways and Means Committee passed AB464, the Assembly approved SB170 to give data centers more tax breaks if they hire just 10 Nevadans. This is in addition to the over $1 billion dollars in tax breaks the Legislature approved for Tesla to create just 6,500 jobs over the next 10 years. In 2012 alone, small businesses created an amazing 15,168 jobs for Nevadans—without asking for any tax abatements or credits.“I am deeply disappointed with the passage of AB464 that not only increases the business license fee and the payroll tax, but also creates a new tax on general businesses in Nevada. At a time when Nevada is trying to diversify and grow its lagging economy by attracting non-gaming businesses, the Legislature is seriously considering creating a new tax on non-gaming businesses. This tax policy seems to be at total odds with our state’s economic development policy and will only serve to discourage businesses from locating and expanding in Nevada.”