In order to provide more money for education, a teachers’ union in Nevada has asked the state to increase the gaming tax and sales tax.
The Clark County Education Association (CCEA) is calling for Nevada to increase the state gaming tax from 6.75 percent to 9.75 percent and the sales tax from 8.375 percent to 9.875 percent.
It has received nearly 200,000 signatures on a petition, twice the number required for the 2021 state legislature session to get its plan.
John Vellardita, the CCEA executive director, said: “You need to put the resources in the system and the price tag on the resources from three different studies in a billion dollars more each year.
“It’s up to the governor and lawmakers in the 2021 session to address the economy, to address finding more revenue, not cuts from our perspective.”
But Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce officials say that the request couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Mary’s President and CEO, Beth Sewald, stated: “Increasing Nevada’s sales tax during COVID-19 would absolutely hurt families and cost jobs.
“It would put our state in a position that is not competitive when it comes to people wanting to buy goods in Nevada.”