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AB43 – Joecks: Stability is guise for ever-increasing property taxes

Thursday’s legislative hearing on property tax increases showed exactly why you can’t trust politicians.

Local governments are desperate to raise your property taxes, and to do that, the Nevada Association of Counties has proposed AB43. It would create a path to set the floor on property tax increases at 3 percent a year. This year, the cap limited property tax increases in Clark County to double the rate of inflation. Because inflation was 0.1 percent, the cap limited your property tax increases to 0.2 percent.

Instead of telling the public that AB43 will increase your property taxes by eventually raising the floor to 3 percent, “stability” was the word of the hearing.

“This is about stability,” said Jeff Fontaine, executive director of Nevada Association of Counties. “This is about fixing a broken system. This is not again about creating a windfall by getting new revenues for counties or other local government.”

 “This is not raising, but keeping stable,” said Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, D-Las Vegas.

“We’re actually just providing stability so we can plan around our needs, our goals. We may not get growth, but we will get stability,” said Assembly Tax Chairwoman Dina Neal, D-North Las Vegas.

 Merriam-Webster’s defines stable as “firmly established” and “not changing or fluctuating.” For a homeowner, a “stable” property tax bill would mean paying $1,000 last year and $1,000 this year. If politicians really wanted “stability” they’d propose setting the floor and ceiling at zero percent.

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Legislature prepares for another land battle – LVRJ

Lawmakers revive debate over transferring federal acres to state jurisdiction

By SEAN WHALEY

REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU

CARSON CITY— The decades-long battle over federal ownership of nearly 110,000 square miles of Nevada is about to be reengaged at the Nevada Legislature.

With about 85 percent of those acres under control of a variety of federal agencies — primarily the U.S. Bureau of Land Management — some Nevada political leaders want a transfer of as many as 7 million acres to state control in a first phase that could eventually see large tracts of land become state lands.

Economic development is the primary driver for the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 7, but some proponents see it as the first step in a state takeover of much of the federal public land in Nevada.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., had a land transfer bill introduced in Congress in the last term, and though it died, the issue could come up again in this session. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has supported a transfer of some federal lands, as has U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

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Separation of Powers in Nevada

Why separation of powers must be enforced in Nevada

Assembly Bill 121 is Exhibit A in the case for finally enforcing the state constitutional mandate for separation of powers, such that each branch of government may provide checks and balances to prevent the abuse that results when power is concentrated in too few hands.

The bill — introduced in Carson City by Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Steve Yeager — would wipe out much of the progress made in 2015 in public employee collective bargaining reforms.

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Checks and Balances under attack in Carson City

Hearings regarding this measure are happening today, but ongoing opposition to it via email, snail mail, phone call or whatever it takes, will be necessary.  We the people are being railroaded again by the legislature.  Making the Treasurer and Controller appointed rather than elected positions gives too much power to the majority party and the governor.  This must be vigorously opposed!  Maintain our system of checks and balances!

Oppose AJR6: Abolishes offices of State Controller & Treasurer
Takes Away your Right to Vote for them

HEARING: Tues. 1:30 Rm 3142  Asm Legislative Operations and Elections
Las Vegas, Rm. 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington 
Watch online: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/
Vote will take place at a later meeting so contact the Committee

MESSAGE: Vote NO on AJR6. Don’t take away our right to vote for State Controller and State Treasurer putting them under the Governor. These independent offices provide for a check on State Government and the Governor. These offices are in the Nevada Constitution and have served us for over 153 years. (or write your own message)

See agenda and bill here.

CONTACT:
Olivia.Diaz@asm.state.nv.usNelson.Araujo@asm.state.nv.us, Elliot.Anderson@asm.state.nv.us,
Shannon.Bilbry-Axelrod@asm.state.nv.us, Skip.Daly@asm.state.nv.us,
Daniele.Monroe-Moreno@asm.state.nv.us, James.Ohrenschall@asm.state.nv.us, John.Hambrick@asm.state.nv.us,  Ira.Hansen@asm.state.nv.us, Richard.McArthur@asm.state.nv.us, James.Oscarson@asm.state.nv.us,

Share your opinion with Legislature: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/79th2017/A/

Gun Rights under attack in Carson City

Oppose SB115: An Anti-Gun Bill denies right to carry in public library

HEARING: Tuesday, 1:30, Rm. 2134 Senate Judiciary
Las Vegas, Rm. 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington 
Watch online: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/ Go down to Tuesday Sen. Judiciary
The vote will not be until days later so it’s not too late to contact the committee. 

MESSAGE: Vote NO on SB115. Don’t leave us defenseless when we go to a public library by taking away our right to carry a concealed weapon. Gun free zones are magnets for criminals. Criminals prefer unarmed victims. (Or write your own message).

CONTACTTick.Segerblom@sen.state.nv.us, Nicole.Cannizzaro@sen.state.nv.us, Moises.Denis@sen.state.nv.us, Aaron.Ford@sen.state.nv.us, Don.Gustavson@sen.state.nv.us, Becky.Harris@sen.state.nv.us, Michael.Roberson@sen.state.nv.us

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