Victor Joecks

Five lawmakers will determine if you're hit with the largest tax hike in Nevada history

At least two must stand with taxpayers or Sandoval's tax-hike scheme goes through

May 19, 2015

Whether Gov. Brian Sandoval gets to impose the largest tax increase in state history on Nevadans is going to come down to whether he can induce a handful of lawmakers, who are currently on the fence, to go with him.

Edwards offers alternative to mindless education spending

Dickman, Titus and Edwards show courage in voting against wasteful spending

May 16, 2015

Today, there were three legislators, Assemblywomen Jill Dickman and Robin Titus and Assemblyman Chris Edwards who took the lead in questioning many wasteful government programs. Taxpayers should be grateful that these three folks also had the courage to vote against a number of these wasteful government programs. 

Scorecard: Only 7 Assembly Republicans seem likely to support Sandoval's tax hike

Assemblyman provides 'inside baseball' on pressure facing lawmakers in Carson

May 13, 2015

Hickey recently posted two entries on his blog, Soup to Nuts, where he used a baseball motif to do a member-by-member analysis on which Assembly Republicans he believes are on the Governor’s “team” when it comes to passing tax increases. 

America's best school choice program awaits action in State Senate Finance Committee

Bill would solve the state's long-running K-12 problems

May 5, 2015

As of New Year’s Day, 24 states and Washington, D.C., were running 51 school choice programs. Within the next four months, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Nevada have all enacted new school choice programs.

Raising the minimum wage in Nevada would hurt workers

Removal of daily overtime requirement is great, but combined with job-killing minimum-wage increase

April 22, 2015

As it is currently written, we oppose SB193. We do strongly support the removal of the daily overtime requirement, but not when combined with an increase in the minimum wage. This increase in the minimum wage would be harmful for entry-level and low-skill workers.

Sandoval's Gross Receipts BLT won't improve education

Governor's plan to spend more is deja vu

April 6, 2015

To pitch his plan for a modified version of the margin tax before the Nevada Legislature, Gov. Brian Sandoval invited former governors Robert List, Richard Bryan and Bob Miller to sit before the Senate and Assembly Taxation Committees, meeting jointly.

Collective bargaining reforms will create a better balance of power

Testimony on AB182

March 25, 2015

We strongly support AB182. This an excellent bill full of common-sense reforms that will create a better balance of power between taxpayers and elected officials and unionized local government employees.

NPRI releases alternative budget proposal

"Need" for tax increases eliminated

March 23, 2015

CARSON CITY – Today, the Nevada Policy Research Institute released an alternative line-by-line budget for Nevada, entitled the Freedom Budget 2016-2017.

NPRI comments on Sandoval's job-killing gross receipts BLT

March 18, 2015

CARSON CITY – In response to today’s hearing by the Senate and Assembly Taxation Committees on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Gross Receipt Business License Tax, NPRI Executive Vice President Victor Joecks released the following comments:

Gov. Brian Sandoval can put on a political circus, but his dog-and-pony show can’t mask the problems with SB252, his Gross Receipt Business License Tax. In November, voters rejected a similar proposal by a 4-to-1 ratio, because they understood that raising taxes on businesses that are losing money will kill jobs and force struggling businesses to close their doors. 

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