ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 21
Dr. Jon Petrick
Dr. JON PETRICK FOR NEVADA
- Abraham Lincoln -
“America will never be destroyed from the outside, if we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Nevada can attract a variety of new businesses by improving our tax structure and implementing sensible zoning.
Low taxes encourage the development of local businesses and can make our state a corporate destination for business. Even moderate corporate headquarters can attract thousands of jobs and boost economic activity while increasing the tax base.
Nevadans have the right to decide how to spend their hard-earned money.
Individuals, businesses, and consumers are better stewards of their money than any politician or government official. Fighting to preserve Nevada’s low-tax environment is key to ensuring all Nevadans can pursue their own financial success. Lowering taxes creates a healthier economy while encouraging entrepreneurship, job creation and state competitiveness.
Nevada does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem.
The Nevada taxpayer is already saddled with enough taxes, and we must hold the government accountable for where that money is being spent. We cannot allow expenditures to exceed revenues. From property taxes to assessments to fees, government taxation rates are simply too high. With each tax hike or budget increase, Nevadans lose more control of their money and the ability to pursue their own financial freedoms.
The State Assembly is responsible for controlling spending. Nevada needs business leaders in Congress who have the right experience in creating revenue, adhering to budgets, and providing a clear path for our State to prosper.
The Nevada Constitution clearly protects the rights of Nevadans from government overreach, and this is especially important when it comes to spending. It is not logical to tax your way out of a hole or deficit. You must first and most importantly address spending.
We should NOT vote for a single tax increase or new tax that does not first address spending.
BALANCED BUDGET & SPENDING
The Nevada Constitution states that any bill which “creates, generates or increases any public revenue in any form” requires a two-thirds majority vote to be passed.
Nevada’s constitution specifically lays out the Separation of Powers doctrine which divides the powers of the government into three distinct categories: Legislative, Executive and Judicial. Unfortunately, government officials and even the Legislature ignore these limits imposed by the state, which has led to an ever-growing government and even more distrust.
This case will be heard by the Nevada Supreme Court where the ruling of the district court should be affirmed. If the court ignores the constitution, it will undermine the legitimacy of the government itself, which will lead to long-term finical issues and a distrust in the system.
“Prevailing Wage” is the minimum hourly wage employers must pay certain workers on state-funded construction projects.
Our current laws ensure trade unions control state-mandated prevailing wage rates, which cost the taxpayer. The Nevada Policy Research Institute’s most recent analysis (data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019; Nevada Labor Commissioner, 2019) found that prevailing wages are 60% above the market on a weighted-average basis.
This prevailing wage rate includes benefits, which increases the average market wage by greater than 50 percent, creating a disparity in the private sector that must account for the cost of benefits.
NPRI concluded that the methodology used to compute the prevailing wage is full of inconsistencies, and the representation of unions is far higher than the actual population.
Non-union contractors incur far higher accounting costs to complete the survey than union contractors do, and this results in inflated taxpayer costs.
Table 1 from NPRI: – Average wage and prevailing wage in Clark County, Nevada (2019)
NPRI performed a comprehensive analysis totaling the increased costs of wage premiums in the state; they found prevailing-wage mandates cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion between 2009 and 2010.
Prevailing-wage laws result in inefficient use of Nevada tax dollars.
State and local government agencies pay more for construction projects than that the private sector for comparable projects. We need to reform our prevailing wage laws to reduce costs and limit wasteful spending.
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