It’s easy to spot a Progressive, despite their party affiliation. They’re the ones always more than will to take money out of the business person’s pocket and spread it around for ‘the sake of the children.’
“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people,” wrote Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf. “As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
For example, Governor Brian Sandoval’s proposal to raise $437 million through a new business license fee that taxes gross revenue recently passed by the state Senate. The bill’s designed to raise more than $437 million to fund K-12 education programs.
For now, business license fees cost $200 dollars per year, regardless of the type of business or how much it generates annually. The proposed business license fee change would go from $200 to $400 for small businesses and more than $4 million for businesses that generate more than $1 billion annually, setting different rates for different industries.
The main rub for most taxpayers is that the plan places a tax on gross revenues. It’s also exactly like the margins tax that voters overwhelmingly voted down in the November election.
Taxing gross revenue was also the downfall of the gross receipts tax during the big tax battle in the 2003 session. In the end, lawmakers approved a modified business tax creating nearly a $1 billion in taxes.
All that 2003 billion dollar tax increase did was to make it harder for small business owners to survive the so-called ‘Great Recession.’ All Sandoval’s plan amounts to is jus’ another way to ‘spread the wealth around.’
As for Nevada’s K-12 school system, at least three things need to happen to make it the best in the nation: eliminate tenure (and union control,) get rid of Common Core (and any other federal programming,) and return to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic by integrating course lessons.