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August 20, 2014

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Teachers’ business-tax initiative passes test on signatures

It is now up to the Nevada Supreme Court to decide if the petition to levy a business tax for education can proceed to the 2013 Legislature.

The Secretary of State's Office said Friday the initiative petition had all the required 18,088 valid signatures of registered voters in each of the four congressional districts.

Scott Gillis, deputy secretary for election, said the counties completed their sampling of the verified signatures on the petition. There were 27,754 valid signatures in Congressional District 1 that includes Clark County and 26,663 in District 3 that also includes Clark County.

There were 29,291 in District 4 that includes Nye County and parts of Clark and Lyon counties. In District 2 there were 23,500 valid signatures in the rest of Nevada.

The Nevada State Education Association, the union of schoolteachers, gathered 152,703 signatures on the petition to impose a 2 percent margins tax on businesses with an income of more than $1 million.

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week whether the petition was legally defective and is expected to have a ruling soon.

The tax could raise $800,000 a year to go to the public schools.

If the Legislature doesn't approve the tax plan in 40 days, it will be placed on the 2014 election ballot.

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  1. There is something unsavory about permitting voters to determine how I, and you, must spend our money. Of course, in this grubby & greedy society overrun with parasites, many have no problem voting to confiscate personal property (that includes money) from others. It's easy since it costs them nothing to get a "free lunch." But there is no thing as a "free lunch." To get something, one must give up something and, in this case, it's part of our freedom. Sooner or later, chipping away at them will come back to bite those grubby & greedy folks, too.

  2. Jerry,

    Has that not always been the way though? Have not most taxes of just about every type been created by actions of the public?

    Voters vote on sales tax increases, property tax increases all the time and have since day one. Why would this be different?

  3. Jerry: I totally agree with you!! Why should I pay state and federal gasoline taxes to, at least partially, pay to pave the roads you drive daily. After all, I don't use them!

    The road right outside your house or business? You should be billed separately for the expenses of building and maintaining it - as well as a fee to recover the costs of billing you for the expenses.

    You forget one thing -your poison is my sine qua non, and yet we have to live together in something vaguely representing peace and quiet.

  4. The arrogance of teachers' unions. They're dangerous.

  5. Even more dangerous are people who comment based on very limited knowledge and intelligence!