One of the easiest, quickest, and most productive legislative reforms – in order to create jobs and develop the economy – would be to outlaw business license fees for startups.
It’s a no brainer to reward entrepeneurs wwilling to start new businesses, hire people, and serve our community.
The legislature of 2015 did the opposite. It imposed a number of new taxes on business and nearly doubled state license fees. I want to encourage people to start their own businesses, to live their own dreams,, to live their lives to the fullest. That is the essence of economic development.
The government should do everything it can encourage all businesses and stop treating the productive sector like an atm for government projects.
Crime, Corruption, and Accountability
One of the most despicable procedures used by our government is called extrajudicial forfeiture, which is where the police take your stuff without a criminal trial by a jury of your peers.
The total theft by our government through extra judicial processes exceeds the value of all the goods stolen by all the burglars in the country.
Ending that theft would be a huge step forward.
Also, the police on our streets cause far more damage to life and limb than do their counterparts around the world.
The politicians are not going to crack down on this violence. In fact, the politicians have empowered the police to investigate themselves. So, we can’t look to them, to the system, to fix this problem.
One thing we can do, is to allow victims of police abuse better access to the court system simply by removing the special protections afforded police, which limits the recovery
of a victim to no more than 50 thousand dollars, an amount smaller than the cost of a lawsuit. This current policy ensures lawsuits against police do not go forward.
So, this policy ensures that the self-investigating police are never held accountable by the courts, for anything they do wrong.
Not until the bad apples are punished for the illegal violence they commit, in the name of the law, will our police become true public SERVANTS instead of killing a person every month.
On education, every politician will say they want the education system improved.
Every politician says they are for better education. Every politician will say
they want better pay for the best teachers. But, merely throwing money at the
problem will not improve our education system. The money needs to be targeted,
targeted to the right teachers by loving parents, who care more about their kids
education than ANY bureaucrat does.
The state run school system has failed our kids; completely failed them. Only
11% of Clark County’s high school students are qualified to go to college
according to the results of the ACT test.
One of the few things the 2015 legislature DID well was to pass
Educational Saings Accounts, often referred to as the ESA. The ESA program allows all students, regardless of income, to have the ability to choose their teacher and curriculum.
I wholeheartedly support this program, and others like it, to give parents much greater
control over their child’s education. To trust parents to find the best
teachers for their kids and ensure the best teachers are getting properly
compensated. And most importantly, that the youth of our state are getting the
best possible education.
End the War on Drugs
Our country has a history, a four hundred year history, of fighting wars. And the drug war is one of worst, if not THE worst, of these wars.
The drug war is literally a war against the people and has been an unmitigated disaster. Even more pathetic, it started as a war against a plant—a totally inanimate and innocent object.
This particular war has thrown millions of people into jail and ruined their lives when they are doing, in the case of teenagers and young people, what teenagers and young people are supposed to do, experiment and decide on their own path through this world.
All drugs should be legalized, just like they were in the boom times of the state. They were legal then. They could be now. After all our government continues to encourage use of the most toxic concoctions its special interest corporations can dream up —substances that kill thousands of people per year. Yet it demonizes a plant that grows naturally and has the potential of significant health advances.
We don’t need a nanny state to protect us from ourselves. In fact, our society will become much happier, more mature, and more productive when we don’t have a government that treats adults like children.
Finally, let me address this. There are those that say drugs must remain illegal to prevent harm to the community. So, let’s pick an example like meth or heroin. I don’t know of a positive use for these drugs. Even most of those using the drugs want to quit.
But, creating a police state to break down doors and drag addicts off to prison is a worse evil than figuring out ways to help our friends, families, and neighbors beat addictions.
We can solve the drug problem without creating a government problem just by removing the criminality associated with the possession and sale of inanimate objects like drugs.
No Stadium Taxes
The stadium that is being considered by the University, by the political establishment, and by the casinos is really a very good idea.
Las Vegas is in a very unique position. We can have events that no other city can have.
Let’s say for example that we invite Barcelona in Spain and Chelsea in Britain to play a soccer match in Las Vegas. That would bring plane loads of Spaniards and English people to spend 5000 dollars on a visit to Las Vegas. What other city could do that? We can, because people all over the world want to
However, this stadium should be constructed by those who will benefit from the construction: the Raiders, the casinos, and the tourism industry. Instead of suggesting that, however, the Governor’s blue ribbon committee of casinos and politicians have handed you and me the biggest share: $750,000,000 just for starters.
That’s almost the exact amount that has just been artificially added onto the original $1.1 billion estimated cost, but even that amount is sure to increase. The public’s contribution is NOT capped and the tax will not sunset after the $750,000,000 is collected. All this is happening while the other giant casino corporations (MGM, Caesar’s, Wynn, Boyd and Stations) sit on the sidelines without contributing one penny, but waiting for the money to roll in.
Even worse, the stadium itself will be owned by the county, while the business will be owned by the Adelson family. And, a new government agency will be created, on the model of the Water Authority, to manage issues related to the stadium. If it is run anything like the Water Authority, the public can know right now that it will characterized by lies, massive costs and a never-ending need for more public money.
Even talking about this deal is dangerous for the public; actually combining public and private interests in this manner will be a sure disaster. The stadium should be privately financed, built and owned.
Repeal the Commerce Tax
The commerce tax, the new name for the margins tax that you voted down 80%-20%, is the worst possible tax that could be assessed against business, because it taxes the gross revenues of a business, not its profits.
Among many other negatives, this means that no big start-up industry can move to Nevada, because they will have to pay taxes on losses! This law is so bad that the writers of this tax, the casinos and mining companies, exempted themselves from having to pay it!!
In general, taxes throughout the nation, nevada included, are already too high. Americans already pay 40-50% of our income to the government. We are competing with people and companies in countries throughout the world that only pay 10, 15 , 20% of their income in taxes.
There is a major difference between whether income stays in the hands of people who are going to create more jobs, businesses, and wealth or whether it is going into the coffers of the state.
If the legislature fails to eliminate the “Commerce Tax”, then look out because they are coming after you. Repealing this Margins Tax is the least the legislature should do tomerely start uson the road to being able to compete in the new world — the world of opportunities, jobs, and prosperity.
One of the problems we need to fix with our government is how unfairly it treats the poor and how many privileges it gives the wealthy. What do I mean? Maria, a single mother in my district raising three children in an apartment pays more for her water than someone living in a single family home in Beverly Green.
Maria, in her apartment, pays more for her water than, let’s say, Heidi does in Beverly Green, because of the highly prejudicial practice of the our Water Authority.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority bases its charges on the size of the pipes going onto the property and a system of increasing tiers. So, Maria in her apartment pays about $300 per year more than she would if she were raising her children in Heidi’s single family home.
This is just not right and needs to change now.