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Opposing the Sandoval Billion Dollar Tax Hike

So apparently Gov. Brian Sandoval (R&R-Advertising) is quite upset with the dozen or so conservatives in the Assembly who have essentially declared his billion dollar tax hike scheme DOA – dead on arrival.  He and his enablers – such as Assemblyman Chris “Let’s Make a Deal” Edwards (RINO-Clark) – are responding by challenging conservatives with the ol’, “If you have a better plan, let’s see it.”

First of all, Sandoval didn’t run on a platform of raising taxes by over a billion dollars and dumping some $800 million of it into the bottomless pit known as public education.  Instead, he hid his plans from the voters and then sprung the whole deal on the state and the Legislature out of the blue.

That was simply dishonest…unless the governor wants us to believe he only suddenly developed this “vision” for a “New Nevada” after the November elections.

And if you believe that one, I have an oil field in my back yard I’d like to sell you!

Secondly, I’d be THRILLED to take the governor up on his challenge.  Just give me the same access to the same taxpayer-funded budget and economic staff at the governor’s disposal – along with two cases of red pens – and I’ll be happy to come up with a responsible budget that funds only Nevada’s “essential” services without a tax hike.

In fact, I’ll do it and come up with a tax CUT…including the elimination of the modified business tax.

The governor and his too-cute-by-half political svengalis have already deceived Nevadans once by hiding their tax-and-spend scheme until after the ballots were counted.  We ain’t falling for the “where would you cut” gambit unless we’re provided the same tools the governor has at his disposal.

Sandoval campaigned on a promise to kill the “sunsets” and not raise taxes.  It’s HIS job to present a budget that kills the sunsets and doesn’t raise taxes, not mine…or yours.  All we’re asking for is that the governor be a man of his word.  Is that too much to ask?

In the meantime, it’s more than appropriate for those of us who would have to pay for Sandoval’s “new Nevada” “vision” to respond with a Stone Cold Steve Austin-like, “Hell, no!”