Executive Vice President
Victor Joecks is executive vice president at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and oversees the execution of NPRI's strategic plan and policy initiatives. He joined the Institute in 2009 and previously served as its communication director. Under his leadership, NPRI obtained record amounts of state and national media coverage.
The well-deserved national praise for SB302, which created the nation’s best school choice program, has overshadowed the second school-choice program that lawmakers created during the 2015 Legislative Session.
As part of his original education agenda, Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed AB165, the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program, which gives firms tax credits for funding scholarships.
To sell his $1.4 billion tax increase to Republicans in the Assembly and to the general public, Gov. Brian Sandoval promised that unprecedented levels of state spending would be accompanied by reforms and accountability.
During the session, the Nevada Policy Research Institute and courageous lawmakers, like Assemblyman Ira Hansen, asked the obvious question, “Where is the accountability for the money, especially the decades of education-funding increases that we’re already spending?”
Tomorrow, Saturday at 9 a.m., the Assembly is scheduled to have a hearing on the amended AB464, which is Sandoval’s plan to increase the modified business tax and business license fee and create a gross-receipts tax. Citizens wanting to express their outrage that Sandoval would propose a modified version of the just-defeated margin tax can do so on Saturday at the capitol building in Carson City or at the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 East Washington Ave., in downtown Las Vegas.
CARSON CITY – Today, the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees held a joint hearing on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s new tax proposal, which was heard as an amendment to AB464. Sandoval’s tax plan would increase the modified business tax, raise the business license fee and create a new gross receipts tax, called the “commerce” tax.
NPRI executive vice president Victor Joecks offered the following testimony.