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How can you do that? I don't believe you can. I believe the vast majority of you, regardless of Party or political ideology cannot, in good conscience, support a bill that will do so much harm to the most vulnerable in our society. SB491 needs to die.
It is important to understand that the Principle and its Corollary are not obstructionist. They do not represent a No tax! No tax! No tax! mindset. All they require from you is a genuine respect for and commitment to the economic empowerment and liberty of the people. That's not too much to ask. Is it? Pragmatically it's not difficult: Any tax rooted in the free economic choices of a free people is a good tax. Any tax not rooted in choice? Bad tax. With all of you on the same page you just might be able to find some common ground for compromise.
Everything I've offered you so far applies 100% no matter where
you are on the political spectrum. It is completely non partisan.
What follows isn't.
The people of Nevada are buried under a multi-billion dollar unfunded liability for government pensions and health care. The current situation is an untenable economic injustice that has to be stopped.
However the end game may be shaping up among you, the bottom line must be that if we
are going to be hit with hundreds of millions in new taxes (in accord with the Principle)
there must be a major restructuring of the government compensation system.
Otherwise, the No tax! No tax! No tax! position must prevail.
Addendum: The State Supreme Courtís ruling that has probably prevented the legislature and the Governor from taking revenue from the Counties changed the end game in Carson City considerably. At publication time SB491 is dead and a golden opportunity was missed when mandatory arbitration was left intact.