Game-changer: All Republican senators sign letter supporting Sandoval’s no-new-taxes budget; UPDATE: Letter added

Victor Joecks

Update: The full letter is here. It not only expresses the Republican Senate caucus’ support for Gov. Sandoval’s budget, but also for his education plan.


A letter sent Wednesday to Sandoval and signed by all 10 Republican senators, including previously wavering Sen. Dean Rhoads, R-Tuscarora, promises, “unwavering support for your plan to balance the budget while fighting job-killing taxes.”

Senate Democrats would have needed to hold their own caucus, including Sen. Lee, who’s previously hinted he would oppose tax increases, and get three Republican votes to pass a tax increase in the Senate.

Now it looks like there may be a majority, not a just a greater-than-one-third minority, of senators who oppose tax increases. And given that both major gubernatorial candidates opposed tax increases in the last election, and even Sen. Horsford has said he wouldn’t support tax increases while the private sector is losing jobs, this shouldn’t be a surprise.

Regardless of the current rhetorical spin, a no-new-taxes budget is what voters overwhelmingly supported in November. It shouldn’t be surprising that elected officials are now reflective of the people who put them into office.

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Update: Changed the title. After rereading the article, I think the new title is more accurate.