Saturday, May 15, 2010

Group Proposing Nevada Tax, Government Changes

From the Associated Press:

A study group appointed by majority Democrats in the Nevada Legislature is proposing sweeping changes to raise taxes and reshape state government to improve the quality of life in the state over the next 20 years.

A preliminary report due for discussion Friday by the 20-member Nevada Vision Stakeholders Group offers hundreds of goals — but few specifics about how to reach them. The legislation creating the group called for recommendations but left it to legislators to figure out how to change taxes and implement the goals.

Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons quickly dismissed the proposals to change Nevada's tax structure and diversify an economy now largely based on tourism and mining.

"You surprised?" Gibbons scoffed.

Gibbons vetoed a measure last year to allow the Legislature to spend money to hire a consulting firm to review Nevada's revenues and spending, and to work with a citizens group to create a plan to build a better state over the next 20 years.

Gibbons had predicted the results would include tax increases that will scare away businesses that want to relocate in the state.

"These companies already are bypassing Nevada because of the uncertainty about our future tax structure," Gibbons said. "It is affecting our ability to recruit businesses."

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