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Nevada Tax and Spending Control Initiative (2006)

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The Nevada Tax and Spending Control Initiative, also known as TASC, was an initiative that aimed to appear on the November 2006 ballot in Nevada.

The TASC initiative was a spending cap initiative modelled after the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. It was one of the 2006 ballot initiatives supported by Americans for Limited Government.

The TASC ballot initiative campaign came under heavy fire from its opponents, a union-backed group called Nevadans for Nevada.[1] The opposition included an aggressive petition blocking campaign that resulted in a series of legal skirmishes, the end result of which was that Nevadans for Nevada agreed to a judicially-ordered stipulated agreement that put significant restraints on the techniques they could legally use to obstruct petition circulators.

Lawsuit and aftermath

As the result of a private lawsuit filed by its opponents after the Nevada Secretary of State had certified that the initiative was eligible to appear on the ballot, the Nevada Supreme Court threw the measure off the ballot because of a technical glitch in wording.

Influential Nevada opinion pundit David Damore wrote in March 2008:

"The successful removal of the TASC proposal from the ballot during the last election cycle on the grounds that its sponsors circulated different versions of the proposal when collecting the requisite signatures opened the floodgates for various interests to use the courts as means to preemptively challenge proposed initiatives that threaten their comfortable hold over the status quo."[2]

Support and opposition

An August 2006 poll by the Las Vegas Review-Journal showed 54% support for the TASC initiative, and also that support was weakening in "the wake of a concerted campaign against the measure by the AFL-CIO in Nevada."[3]

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