Nevada Margin Tax for Public Schools Initiative, Question 3 (2014)
|Margins Tax Initiative|
|Type:||indirect initiated state statute|
|Referred by:||Citizen initiative|
|Status:||On the ballot|
Republicans in the state senate have proposed a counter tax that would also raise money for education. The legislator's proposal, Senate Resolution 15, would raise the gross revenue tax paid by mining companies to the six and three-quarters percent currently paid by gaming companies. Supporters of the proposal say that it will yield around $780 million for education. The margins tax proposed by the Nevada State Education Association is estimated to generate roughly $800 million annually.
The Arizona State Constitution provides for the legislature to place competing measures on the ballot and states that whichever one has the highest number of votes will become law. It was not clear at the time, however, whether or not the state legislature must explicitly reject an initiative before it can legally send a competing measure to the ballot.
Lawyers representing the Nevada State Education Association argued that since the legislature did not formally reject the initiative, they have lost the option to introduce an alternative. Opponents of the initiative contend that not acting on the matter is the same as rejecting it. Rick Combs, director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, said, "We don’t believe it’s an issue that has been decided before. There are arguments for both sides."
An opinion released by the Nevada secretary of state revealed that the state legislature forfeited the option of proposing a competing measure when they failed to explicitly reject the margins tax measure. Legislative council to the legislature disagrees however, and the state senate has continued with its plans to send the proposal to the ballot. The resolution cleared the senate in early April, but, as of writing, is stalled in the assembly.
The measure is sponsored by the Nevada State Education Association.
Path to the ballot
According to reports, supporters of the measure were required to obtain 72,324 registered voters' signatures by November 2012 in order to be considered by the Nevada State Legislature during the 2013 state legislative session.
It was reported that supporters sent the measure to the legislature with 150,000 signatures. A hearing was held in the state senate on March 5, 2013, but no action was made to approve or reject the measure.
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- News: The Tuesday Count: Nevada Margins Tax Initiative automatically passed to 2014 ballot
- Las Vegas Review Journal, "Tax plan has miles to go before it's passed", June 8, 2012
- Nevada State Senate,"SJR 15," retrieved March 15, 2013
- Las Vegas Sun, "OK, voters, margins tax ball is now in your court," March 15, 2013
- Las Vegas Sun, "Teachers’ business-tax measure catches break on 2014 ballot," April 2, 2013
- Associated Press, "Nevada Senate Republicans announce mining tax plan to raise education money," April 24, 2013
- RGJ.com, "New Nevada tax initiative filed", August 7, 2012
- Inside Nevada Politics (blog), "At bat Tuesday at the Nevada Legislature: Hearing on that 'dreaded' margins tax," February 28, 2013
- Associated Press, "5 things to watch this week at the Nevada Legislature," March 10, 2013
- Assocaited Press, "Margins tax proposal will fade onto 2014 ballot," March 15, 2013
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