The Republican quagmire
The Republican quagmire
“The award for the most disgusting performance goes to the Governor and the 17 State Senators grandly thumbing their noses at the will of 80-percent of the voters (Democrats, Republicans, and anyone else amongst the 80-percent who voted against the Gross Receipts Tax ballot initiative) and presenting/approving a revenue plan based on that very same Gross Receipts Tax.”
More than a few controversial issues remain to be settled in these last days of the 2015 legislative session – too many for a session controlled by Republicans in both houses and the Governor’s office.
This session got off on the wrong foot before it even started, with Republicans loudly fighting amongst themselves, publicly displaying their in-house disagreements, divisiveness and steadfast refusal to compromise. Nothing changed once the session began, except for the divisiveness and animosities intensifying. The Republicans spend so much time feuding amongst their own caucuses, I wonder if they are even aware there are Democrats present – figuring, why worry about them; we can kill our own legislative agenda all by ourselves!
The Democrats, for their part, appear to be happy sitting back and watching the childish, ego driven antics of the opposition – can’t say I blame them.
The award for the most disgusting performance goes to the Governor and the 17 State Senators grandly thumbing their noses at the will of 80-percent of the voters (Democrats, Republicans, and anyone else amongst the 80-percent who voted against the Gross Receipts Tax ballot initiative) and presenting/approving a revenue plan based on that very same Gross Receipts Tax.
The original plan died for lack of Assembly support and a second Governor’s plan has been presented; however, regardless of what form of revenue plan is eventually arrived at, this original show of integrity challenging arrogance and disdain for the public’s wishes must not be forgotten.
The Governor and these legislators have shown they have no respect for the will of Nevada voters. Some have also shown they have no sense of integrity in regards to keeping their own campaign promises in regards to this issue. They cannot be trusted.
It is hard to be an elected official – particularly if you have a conscience; and, there are many current legislators who are well intentioned and doing their best to put the interests of Nevada first and foremost.
I do not have to agree with an elected official to respect them. It is only when an elected official so obviously betrays his/her campaign promises and violates the obvious will of the people that I lose respect – and believe they do not deserve to ever be elected to another office.
A few of the issues remaining on the table:
- The Governor’s new revenue plan – which has been amended, at this point, to include:
- An increased business license fee
- A Modified Business Tax increase
- A ‘Commerce Tax’ on the gross receipts of all businesses, exempting the first $3.5 million in revenue
- An estimated 23 new employees to implement it
There are many more details to this proposal and it is still to be discussed, possibly amended – and approved by the finance committees and passed in each house by a 2/3 majority.
- The issue of allowing licensed individuals to carry concealed weapons on a university campus.
- Due to game playing amongst our Republican legislative leadership in the Senate, and joined by additional game playing in the Assembly, this has become a circus of various Republican legislators trying to outwit each other to satisfy their in party animosities and egos. This is also a sad example of how a committee chair, in this case a Republican committee chair, can clog up the legislative process by refusing to hear a bill in his committee….a Republican bill, at that!!
- For any committee chair to not allow a viable piece of legislation to be heard and put to a committee vote is disgraceful, but make no mistake, when such things happen it is not solely the Chair’s decision. It is the epitome of political cronyism.
- I am personally neutral on this issue, but, regardless of what might eventually result in regards to this after the games play out, I will remain disgusted with the Judiciary Chair (and those who hover over his decision) for refusing to hear this bill in the first place.
- An early Primary vs a Caucus
- SB 421 would allow for an early (February) Primary in Presidential election years, including absentee voting. All other primary races would remain in June.
- The logic for wanting a Presidential Primary is to increase the turnout of voters. In 2012 only 7-percent of Nevadans attended the caucus meetings.
- Again, I am personally neutral as to the need for an early Presidential Primary, but to those who think it is important for Nevada to be one of the first to hold such an election, it is important to me that it be a Primary Election and not the Caucus process.
- An early, separate Primary will be an additional expense to local government; however, if the early date is what is approved, the added expense every four years of a Primary over a Caucus is well worth it.
- Voter ID
- AB266 is still sitting in Assembly Ways & Means, possibly awaiting the ultimate outcome of the Governor’s education revenue proposal.
- This is simply another example of the Republican Committee Chair doing what he is being told to do and not allowing a vote on a Republican bill. In this case, it is either being held as ransom – or, simply being held because the Governor does not want it to cross his desk.
As a longtime, proactive Republican, I fully understand the give and take of political gamesmanship as an accepted part of the legislative process; however, it usually occurs between the two major political parties, with the majority party holding the marbles.
Not this year!! This year we obviously have three parties within the legislative building, with the major game playing amongst the two Republican factions, with neither side willing to concede an inch to the other. Animosities have intensified and heels are setting deeper and deeper into the mud.
You would think our elected representatives could do better than a bunch of schoolyard, name-calling bullies.
Think about it.
Nancy Dallas, Editor Publisher
Est. January 2003.