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There He Goes Again

Gov. Jim Gibbons was on the Heidi Harris talk show in Las Vegas this morning and continued to dissemble about the room tax hike. When asked if he was going to veto the teachers union’s proposal if it makes its way to his desk, the forked-tongue governor said, “It’s not my job to stand in the way of a vote of the public.”

So I guess if the public voted to bring back slavery he wouldn’t stand in their way? And would that be the same public which only voted for him after he promised on the campaign trail in 2006 to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes”?

As long as the governor continues to fib about this tax hike, I will continue to set the record straight. And the fact is the room tax hike is an effort to raise taxes. Period. If the governor doesn’t veto the bill, he will have broken his promise to the citizens of Nevada. Period.

In addition, there simply was no “vote of the public” last November for the actual tax hike proposal making its way to the governor’s desk. There was a taxpayer-funded public opinion poll on the ballot last November, but there was no vote on the actual bill passed by the Assembly last week and likely to be passed in the Senate this week. It just didn’t happen. Period.

However, “the public” didn’t even vote on the public opinion poll, let alone “pass” it. That public opinion poll only appeared on the ballot in three counties – and one of them roundly rejected the question by a 2-1 margin. Plus, “the public” in White Pine, Douglas, Storey, Pershing, Nye, Mineral, Lyon, Lincoln, Humboldt, Eureka, Esmeralda, Elko, Churchill and Carson City never even got to vote in the poll, let alone on the actual proposal.

If the governor will intentionally mislead the “the public” on this issue and not come clean, how can anyone believe anything else he says?

They can’t.