Dear Assemblymen Nelson, O’Neill, Trowbridge, Edwards and Silberkraus:
Sometime in the next few days, you will make your most important decision of the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session. Given that you are all up for reelection next year, and are not guaranteed to be back for future sessions, it may well be the most important decision of each of your legislative careers.
Anyone who has paid even minimal attention to lawmaking has likely asked themselves at one point or another: “Whose side are they on?”
“They,” of course, being lawmakers, and the “sides” being either government’s or the people’s.
“Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.” — John Quinton
I’ve written multiple times over the past few months about Education Savings Accounts, an education-reform proposal that we’ve been promoting vigorously here at NPRI since even before the legislative session began.
I was particularly surprised to learn that Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget, which calls for the largest tax hike in Nevada history, allocates more money to numerous agencies than the respective agencies had requested.
I caught this news story from Channel 3 Las Vegas the other day, spotlighting Gov. Sandoval’s efforts to win legislative support for his record-breaking tax-hike plan. The centerpiece of that plan is a massive new tax on businesses, revenues from which would predominantly be funneled into Nevada’s broken K-12 education system.
It’s always nice when NPRI and the ACLU can agree on something.
Unfortunately, on the occasions when this happens, it usually means the government is doing something really, really bad.