State of Nevada Archives: on Tax Reform


Joe Biden: More tax breaks for Latino and black businesses

Taxes on small businesses won't go up. We're going to make sure there's more money available for small businesses in the Latino community and the black community to be able to get the capital to start businesses. We should start rewarding work, not just wealth. That's why we have to change the tax code the way it is. That's why the wealthy have to start to pay their fair share. And that's why we have to focus on giving people the ability to generate wealth.
Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada Feb 19, 2020

Mike Bloomberg: Raise taxes on the rich

I agree that the rich aren't paying their fair share. We should raise taxes on the rich. I did that as mayor in New York City. The first thing I would do is try to convince Congress, because they've got to do it, we can't just order it, to roll back the tax cuts that the Trump administration put in.
Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada Feb 19, 2020

Pete Buttigieg: The American Dream [is collapsing except in] Denmark

I think that employee ownership of companies is a great idea. I'm not sure it makes sense to command those companies to do it. If we really want to deliver less inequality in this country, then we've got to start with the tax code and we've got to start with investments in how people are able to live the American dream, which is in serious decline. Number one place to live out the American dream right now is Denmark.
Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada Feb 19, 2020

Adam Laxalt: Committed to not raising taxes on anybody

Q: Position on state taxes, including commerce tax levy on businesses making $4 million or more a year.

Adam Laxalt (R): "Will be committed to not raising taxes on anybody." End the commerce tax.

Steve Sisolak (D): Commerce tax was "very brave step," so preserve it. Explore increasing property tax caps to pay for education.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Dean Heller: Trump tax cut boosts job creation

Q: Support President Trump's tax cut bill?

Dean Heller (R): Yes "I helped write it!" Believes the bill "provides critically important tax cuts to Nevada's middle-class families, boosts job creation, and spurs economic growth."

Jacky Rosen (D): No. Considers "fraudulent" handout to corporations and the wealthiest. Opposes top bracket and corporate tax cuts that she considers at the heart of the bill.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Steve Sisolak: Supported commerce tax; supports property tax increase

Q: Position on state taxes, including commerce tax levy on businesses making $4 million or more a year.

Adam Laxalt (R): "Will be committed to not raising taxes on anybody." End the commerce tax.

Steve Sisolak (D): Commerce tax was "very brave step," so preserve it. Explore increasing property tax caps to pay for education.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Jared Fisher: Cement our reputation as pro-business, tax-friendly state

Nevada Needs to Remain a Tax-Friendly State: With tax incentives for businesses, such as the tax breaks given to Tesla's gigafactory outside Reno ($1.25 billion for 20 years), Nevada has already cemented a reputation as a tax-friendly state. We need to use this to our advantage and make attracting businesses like Tesla a top priority. High-profile, high-tech companies spur job growth because they draw other related businesses and businesses that will support the needs of new employees.

We Need to Foster an Environment that Encourages Entrepreneurship: While these big-name companies are clear wins, our state also needs to foster an environment that encourages entrepreneurs to launch smaller businesses as well. This will require a streamlined process and the removal of the red tape that impedes start-up performance and discourages entrepreneurship.

Source: 2018 Nevada Governor campaign website FisherForNevada.com Mar 21, 2018

Jacky Rosen: Opposed Republican tax cut to wealthy

Just in time for the holidays, politicians are trying to gift-wrap tax breaks for their billionaire donors and corporate special interests while hardworking families foot the bill. Desperate to score some sort of political win, Republicans in the House and Senate are ready to throw millions of Americans under the bus--so they can give the wealthiest Americans and huge corporations a massive tax cut. I was disappointed with the final bill in the House, and I voted against it on Nov. 16.
Source: Las Vegas Sun on 2018 Nevada Senatorial race Nov 29, 2017

Adam Laxalt: Critical to maintain low taxes

I've shown a commitment to fiscal responsibility as Attorney General, my office has returned nearly $30 million to taxpayers since my inauguration, even while increasing services and I'll do the same as Governor. It is critical that we maintain a low-tax climate so that our businesses can thrive and our families can prosper. As Governor, I will oppose all efforts to increase Nevadans' tax burden, and will also look for ways we can reduce taxes.
Source: 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial website AdamLaxalt.com Nov 7, 2017

Dan Schwartz: Spending to increase revenue would justify raising taxes

Schwartz said he won't sign Grover Norquist's "no new taxes" pledge, explaining that he's already on the record opposing higher taxes and adding that he couldn't guarantee that the state wouldn't need to raise taxes. "Let's say I want to encourage building faculties at some of the universities. That to me is money well spent," he said. "I'm going to look at not raising taxes but if it becomes apparent that the people of this state will benefit greatly from increased revenues, then I will do that."
Source: Nevada Independent on 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial race Sep 6, 2017

Ruben Kihuen: End the absurd carried interest tax loophole

It's time to hold Wall Street accountable and ensure they cannot continue to put short-term profits ahead of people's lives. In Congress, I will:
Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website RubenForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Bob Beers: Fight against tax-and-spend hikes; reduce tax revenue

Beers led the fight against the 2003 tax-and-spend hikes in the Nevada Assembly. Today, he is still a full-time Las Vegas City Councilman with a track record including:
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, beers4nevada.org Apr 1, 2015

Mark Amodei: Americans don't pay too little in taxes

I disagree with Pres. Obama's assessment that Americans pay too little in taxes. I pledge to advocate for changes in federal tax and spending policies that will reduce the burden on struggling American Families and small businesses: Source: 2012 House campaign website,www.amodei4nevada.com, "Issues" Sep 15, 2011

Brian Sandoval: Don't raise taxes by $1B; that would halt job growth

I was briefed on the Democratic plan for raising over a billion dollars in taxes. We had a frank discussion about our differences of opinion concerning the impact of raising taxes, and I restated my belief that raising taxes in this economy would be a mistake. Nevada is just beginning to demonstrate signs of economic recovery and this proposal would bring job growth to a halt, at a time when we have proven that growing our way out of this crisis can address our budgetary needs.
Source: Nevada 2011 gubernatorial press release, #4294971649 May 5, 2011

Harry Reid: I am not in favor of giving billionaires tax cuts

Angle pushed for extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, arguing that if they were not made permanent "we will experience the largest tax increase in the history of America."

"I personally am not in favor of giving billionaires tax cuts," Reid responded, before guaranteeing that he would not support an increase in taxes for middle class Americans.

Source: CBS News coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Sharron Angle: Extend the Bush-era tax cuts, or it's a tax increase

Angle pushed for extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, arguing that if they were not made permanent "we will experience the largest tax increase in the history of America."

"I personally am not in favor of giving billionaires tax cuts," Reid responded, before guaranteeing that he would not support an increase in taxes for middle class Americans.

Source: CBS News coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Jim Gibbons: No new taxes and no expansion of state government

It is time for Nevada government to face facts and make tough choices about the services we can and cannot afford. This unprecedented economic situation is a crisis. Therefore, I will be issuing a proclamation convening a Special Session of the Nevada Legislature on February 23. This is not a responsibility I take lightly, this is an extraordinary time and we must take action.

In 2007, Nevada's economy began a downturn which I knew was not temporary. The Executive Budget I prepared in January of 2009 scaled back state government to weather this crisis. More importantly, the balanced budget I submitted imposed no new taxes and allowed no expansion of state government. The Nevada Legislature disregarded my solution. They raised taxes one billion dollars, and they made government bigger. They made the wrong call. I vetoed their new taxes and their inflated spending. I thought it was wrong then. I KNOW it's wrong now. I planned responsibly. They gambled on new taxes and we all lost.

Source: Nevada 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Chris Dodd: Moderate but keep the estate tax; incentivize middle class

Q: The benefits of Presidentís Bushís tax cuts have overwhelmingly gone to the very wealthy. Meanwhile, federal revenues have dropped to the lowest share of our national wealth in decades.

A: First of all, we need to have a program which focuses attention on critically important domestic issues. We also need to make sure we donít allow these tax cuts to become permanent in this county. Providing that kind of benefit for people at the very top levels would be a mistake. Weíre going to need not a repeal of the estate tax but to moderate it. But if we were to totally get rid of that, there would be a tremendous loss of revenues for the country. And then we need to provide the kind of tax breaks and incentives for those in the middle-income category of our country so they can begin to grow and prosper and contribute more.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mike Gravel: Wipe out the income tax! -- itís regressive

We ought to wipe out the income tax, wipe it out! Itís the most regressive, unfair system of taxation in the world, and itís whatís causing us to lose our jobs. It brought about the Rust Belt.

Now, what kind of a tax should we have? The most important thing a government can do is raise revenue. Now, if it raises unfairly -- which is what weíre doing -- the people intuitively know in their gut that the governmentís going to be unfair in all of the programs that deals with the people.

Now, what kind of a tax should we do? Iím for the Fair Tax. Youíll hear liberals say, ďWell, thatís a sales tax, thatís regressive.Ē That is not regressive. Both systems of taxation, that is the income tax and the sales tax, are both progressive. Whatever you make, you pay a tax on. If you make more, you pay more tax. With respect to consumption, sales tax, whatever you spend, if you spend more, you pay more tax. So now theyíre both the same. The income tax has been gamed by the wealthy people with 30,000 lobbyists.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mike Gravel: National sales tax; no exceptions; prebates for essentials

The income tax has been gamed by the wealthy people. I for the Fair Tax [national sales tax]. The essentials of life that we have -- food, lodging, medicine, what have you -- we can deal with that. We canít provide an exception. When you go to the grocery store, youíll pay the tax on it. Because if you start giving an exception, then Katy bar the door, the wealthy will game the system again. But what we can do is create a prebate. Determine what the average cost of essential is to average American, and then turn it around and multiply that by the tax, take the amount of tax, divide it by 12, and send every single registered American a check at the beginning of the month to cover what he would pay in the way of taxes on the essentials of life. Now that creates a cash flow, and then you go get your paycheck, and thereís no tax deductions at the federal level.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Jack Carter: Oppose the elimination of the sales tax deduction by the GOP

The 2006 tax reconciliation bill eliminates the sales tax deduction for residents of seven states, including Nevada. This deduction has proved immensely popular with Nevadans. They collectively have saved an estimated $130,000,000 a year, and now Ensign and his fellow Republicans have voted to eliminate this deduction. The sales tax deduction has provided significant federal income tax relief, especially to residents of the seven states in which there is no state income tax. The average Nevada family of four with a household income of $45,000 could claim a $700 exemption on their 2005 return. This bill means higher taxes for Nevadans, and that means less money in their pockets. With soaring prices on everything from gas to health care, itís ridiculous that Ensign voted to wipe out this tax relief. Itís another example of him providing tax cuts for the wealthy, while increasing taxes for the little guy. He seems to be ignoring the financial struggle which is a part of everyday life for many Nevadans.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, Carter for Nevada May 21, 2006

Kenny Guinn: Nevada needs new revenue, but now is no time for new taxes

During this past year, I have made no secret of my belief that Nevada must explore new revenue streams and establish a broader economic base, so that we can provide a good education to our children, adequate health care to our families and seniors, and safety for all our citizens. As a result, many speculated that I would be forced to raise taxes. Indeed, the stateís expenditure and long-range revenue projections show that, without changes, Nevada will face a tremendous shortfall within 8 years.

I believe, however, that, with the potential slowing of the national economy, now is not a time for new taxes, and my budget does not contain a single tax increase. Now is a time for moderation and restraint. I have long believed that state government cannot and should not be all things to all people. There are some things, however, that only the state can do -- educate our children, care for our seniors, and protect the disadvantaged.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

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