Gov. Sandoval Receives Revenue Advice on State of Nevada
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - With just a week to go before his State of the State address, Gov. Sandoval is receiving some policy advice from local progressives who say Nevada needs to change course on revenue. Laura Martin, communications director with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), says the state cannot hope to get ahead until it changes tax policies that allow multinational corporations to pay as little as 1 percent in taxes, while Nevada working families shoulder a 10-percent tax burden.
"We need revenue reform; there's no equity in our tax structure, and that's why our state continues to fail in so many areas. It's why we can't do something as important as fund our schools, because we don't have the adequate revenues to do so."
Former Nevada State Sen. Sheila Leslie presented the policy statement on Tuesday night, noting that although Nevada is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, its gap between rich and poor is wider than at any time since the Gilded Age.
Martin says progressives who stand behind labor unions, people of color and women's issues helped drive Nevada's biggest increase in voter turnout in the nation in the last election. She believes the governor would be well advised to listen to these voters.
"Stop repeating the same conservative mistakes of the past that have created a state with the highest unemployment, the most foreclosures and this terrible education system."
Sandoval also needs to address the issue of child poverty, Martin says, because the state ranks in the top three for that problem, with 25 percent of children under age 5 living in poverty.