Deadline passes with no action on education tax
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – The Nevada State Education Association’s plan to raise $300 million a year in taxes for education needs has found no supporters in the Legislature.
Absent from the 198 bills introduced Monday in the Legislature was the teachers’ union plan for a 5 percent tax on business profits.
Under legislative rules, Monday was the final day of the 2001 Legislature for committees to introduce bills. The deadline for legislators to propose bills ended March 18. The session adjourns June 4.
Debbie Cahill, longtime lobbyist for the 23,000-member teachers’ association, said that doesn’t mean the tax plan is dead.
Legislative leaders still have the authority to introduce emergency bills and the tax proposal could be amended into other legislation.
”If people are willing to have a discussion, we believe we will get it introduced as an emergency measure,” she said.
The association unveiled the tax proposal last week. Ken Lange, its executive director, said the plan would raise $250 million a year for public education and $60 million for other programs.
The tax proposal came after the state Supreme Court ruled that a 4 percent profits tax initiative was unconstitutional.
Assembly Taxation Chairman David Goldwater, D-Las Vegas, said the debate on proposals to assist education are just beginning.
His committee Thursday hears AB457 that would take $65 million a year in motor vehicles taxes from Clark County and cities in the Las Vegas Valley and use the money to give teachers a 2 percent annual salary increase.
Gov. Kenny Guinn wants to give teachers a one-time 5 percent bonus in July but not raise salaries permanently. He has submitted a $3.8 billion 2001-03 state budget that balances without a tax increase.
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