AFP Nevada resets after election, focuses on abolition of payroll tax in Legislature

After being very active during Campaign '12, the Nevada chapter of Americans for Prosperity has sent out a missive signaling it will pressure Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Gang of 63 to abolish the Modified Business Tax. The group also expressed its displeasure with the governor's decision to expand Medicaid:

 

 

Another platform explored in the Governor’s “State of the State” is the Medicaid expansion.  AFP-NV does not support Governor Sandoval’s Medicaid expansion and believe he’s falling for another too-good-to-be-true federal promise. As such, we will hold him accountable to his pledge of opting out of Medicaid expansion if and when federal promises of funding for the expansion decrease.  The Medicaid expansion in itself is costly to Nevadans, and we hope the Governor will take the best interests of Nevada taxpayers into account and monitor this decision closely.

 

Here's the entire missive:

 

 

Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  Over the past 12 months, you, our activists with Americans for Prosperity-Nevada, have had the tenacity and courage to continue fighting for economic freedom and fiscal responsibility in the Silver State.

 

We’ve been busy fighting for freedom-- by engaging the Southern Nevada Water Authority for raising water rates on Nevadans, by taking on union protesters across Nevada, and by holding politicians like Shelley Berkley accountable for reckless policies. 

 

2012 may be gone, but we are still here! AFP-NV and our 43,000 activists are soldiering on to keep fighting for the issues that affect us all.  With economic freedom in our forecast, AFP-NV is looking to the future, the 2013 Legislative Session.

 

As Mark Twain expressed, “No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” During the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session, AFP-NV is committed to ensure the maximum preservation of YOUR freedoms, the most effective use of YOUR tax dollars, and the enhancement of YOUR liberties by promoting policies that embody economic freedom and fiscal responsibility.

 

In his informal kick-off to the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session, the “State of the State,” Governor Brian Sandoval pledged to Nevadans not to support higher taxes on employers.  Though the extension of the sunset taxes are not ideal, the Governor did allow for some tax relief.

 

AFP-NV strongly supports Governor Sandoval’s efforts to cut Nevada’s onerous “Modified Business Tax (MBT),” exempting an additional 2,700 businesses from this dreaded, job-killing tax, and giving a $25 million injection to the Nevada economy as we recover from the scourges of the Great Recession.  The day after the “State of the State,” Governor Sandoval was on political pundit Jon Ralston’s show ‘Ralston Reports’ where he said,

 

“Ultimately, of course, we would like to eliminate it (MBT) for all businesses.”

 

AFP-NV is strongly encouraged by the Governor’s words and we challenge the Governor and the Nevada Legislature to put in place a process that would ultimately eliminate this tax.  We at AFP-NV recognize the tax won’t be removed immediately, but with triggers in place, businesses both small and large will have a sense of encouragement to expand and invest.  This is smart economic policy which will continue to assist in Nevada’s recovery.

 

Another platform explored in the Governor’s “State of the State” is the Medicaid expansion.  AFP-NV does not support Governor Sandoval’s Medicaid expansion and believe he’s falling for another too-good-to-be-true federal promise. As such, we will hold him accountable to his pledge of opting out of Medicaid expansion if and when federal promises of funding for the expansion decrease.  The Medicaid expansion in itself is costly to Nevadans, and we hope the Governor will take the best interests of Nevada taxpayers into account and monitor this decision closely.

 

As Nevada’s leading grassroots conservative organization, Americans for Prosperity-Nevada has an obligation to Nevadans to advocate for policies that promote maximum freedom and prosperity in the run-up to the 2013 Nevada Legislative session.  With YOUR help, we can continue to have our messages oflimited government and low taxes ring true throughout Nevada while holding policymakers accountable for the direction of our state.  Any amount you can donate, from one dollar on upward, can make a difference in our fight for economic freedom. If you're satisfied with the work we are doing on the behalf of all Nevadans, please donate today!

 

Thank you for your support and dedication to put Nevada – and America – onward to the path of prosperity.

 

Freedom First,

 

 

Adam Stryker

Nevada State Director

Americans for Prosperity