Jim Wheeler, Incumbent
(vs IAP candidate)
Please post a short personal resume:
- Former CEO of Powerdyne Automotive Products.
- Former rancher.
- Incumbent Assemblyman, District 39
1. You are running as the incumbent for the District 39 seat. Define your strengths and why you would better serve Nevada than your opponent.
I was rated the number one conservative in the entire Legislature (tied with Assemblyman John Ellison) by the American Conservative Union, the number one Legislator in Northern Nevada by the NPRI, and the number one Legislator in Northern Nevada by Citizen Outreach. As you can see by these coveted awards, I have kept my word to my constituents and I fully intend to do the same in the next session.
2. Explain how you differ from your opponent in regards to:
- Nevada health care issues
The cost of healthcare is once again on the rise in Nevada. As we have learned, the promised relief from Obamacare did not materialize and conversely, has driven our healthcare costs even higher. It is my opinion that the biggest relief in these costs can be obtained by stopping the frivolous lawsuits that are brought against the industry. These suits drive the cost of insurance higher and higher and increase the amount of unnecessary testing ordered by Doctors. I would like to see a loser-pay system inducted that would force the plaintiff in these suits to really evaluate the damages before proceeding.
- The Education Tax initiative
This tax initiative is probably the most insidious tax that Nevadans could ever force upon themselves. While Nevada still suffers from the highest unemployment rate in the nation, we are asked to increase the cost of doing business here to the highest levels in history. We are trying to attract business to Nevada yet this bill would give us a higher tax rate than even California. The initiative is so poorly written that it would not even be enforceable in its current form. It would create the very first “Nevada IRS” within the Department of Taxation and in my opinion, would be the biggest job killer in history of Nevada.
- Nevada mining and gaming tax issues – including efforts to increase both and the initiative to amend the state constitution and remove the mining tax cap
Once again, we are looking for new revenues when what we really need is to live within our means. I would not, and did not in the last session, support any new tax that singles out any specific industry in our state.
What the State Constitution currently does is apply a special tax to mining that no other industry in Nevada currently pays. Removing this from the Constitution would allow the Legislature to increase this industry specific tax to levels that will cause the mining industry to re-evaluate its involvement in Nevada. This could cause irreparable harm to our rural communities. While the proponents of this tout the idea that the industry will stay since this is where the minerals are, what they don’t tell you is that only 4% of the precious metals in the world are in Nevada. Obviously, if it were more economical to do business elsewhere, the industry will do so.
Some of the best paying jobs in our state are in the mining industry. If this measure is accepted, it could cause our rural unemployment rate to skyrocket to levels we have not seen in years.
- Nevada’s minimum wage
Raising the minimum wage would only serve to increase the price of goods and services to levels where those making the minimum wage would not be able to afford them. It is counterproductive.
- Immigration issues
While this is a federal issue and not in my duties as a State Assemblyman, I believe we should be following the current laws that are in place for immigration issues.
3. As a veteran State Assemblyman, what do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
I was able to work behind the scenes to defeat a $600M tax before it ever reached a vote. I also was able to add some amendments to bills that would save the state monies and ensure our rights.
I am honored to be the Representative for District 39 and will continue to be your voice in the next session.
4. It is a long campaign season. Many accusations/assertions are made by one candidate abut another. Are there any such accusations/assertions made by your opponent you consider untrue or unfair? Explain.
During the primary I was accused of many things. But, the voters saw through these ridicules accusations and smears and re-elected me by a 24 point margin.
All Republican candidates with a viable opponent and contact information were asked to participate in an online interview – Congressional, Statewide & Legislative General Election races.
The interview responses will be posted in full, unedited as submitted on NewsDesk by Nancy Dallas (www.ndbynd.com), the NvFRW website (www.nvfrw.org) and the State Republican Party (www.nevadagop.org); and, when relevant, the Carson City Central Committee website (www.ccrccgop.com), the CCRW website (www.ccrwclub.org) and all other GOP associated websites that wish to do so. Hopefully, the responses will be emailed to the membership of each organization, with reposting of any interview by interested parties strongly encouraged.
The purpose of these interviews is to allow our Republican candidates the opportunity to state their positions in their own words, describe how they differ from their opponent’s positions and why they would better serve Nevada than their opponent. The Primaries are over. Our ultimate goal must now be to elect or re-elect Republicans.
Not all candidates chose to respond. Following the General election a participation summary will be posted.
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