Nevada teachers' union unable to get big name support for business tax ballot measure

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August 30, 2013

By Sarah Rosier


Carson City, Nevada: In the state where the business climate is ranked the third best in the county, the Nevada State Legislature, not surprisingly, did not take action to pass or reject a two percent margins tax on businesses.[1] The Nevada State Education Association was able to gather enough signatures to qualify the measure to be placed on the ballot in 2014.[2][3]

Despite the heavy push from the teachers' union, not many big name supporters have jumped on board. Despite naming the Nevada State AFL-CIO as a partner in the steps to get the measure passed, the NSEA has not received full support from Nevada State AFL-CIO's president, Danny Thompson. "The Nevada State AFL-CIO has not taken a position on the tax initiative that will be on the ballot in 2014," Thompson said in an email to the Las Vegas Sun.[2]

If passed in 2014, the measure would provide around $800 million in tax revenue for the Nevada school systems.[2]

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