The Nevada State Senate Committee on Taxation heard Sen. Neal's Senate Bill 21 on Tuesday, Feb. 25. For the first time in three legislative sessions since 1999, the bill was not killed immediately as a gambling industry swat-down power play.
Sen. Neal's SB 21 would increase Nevada's gross gaming tax (the lowest in the world) by four percentage points on the state's largest, most profitable casinos. A Reno Gazette-Journal editorial two days after the hearing raised the question of a three point hike. The Nevada Resort Association considered it an endorsement and so stated in a rebuttal published on March 3.
SB 21 joined
the ranks of the undead on April 11, the deadline for almost all bills
to move from committees. It appears that all taxes will become part of
omnibus measure which means you need to keep up the
pressure on the representatives from your area (see below) for a meaningful
hike in the world's lowest gross gaming tax
THE MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE GAME Three of the seven members of the state senate taxation committee hail from the northern and rural parts of the state: The chairman and vice-chairman, Sens. Mike McGinness, R-Fallon/central Nevada, and Dean Rhoads, R-rural northern Nevada, and Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno.
Nevada members of the taxation committee are Sens. Ann O'Connell,
R-Las Vegas, Sandra Tiffany, R-Henderson, Bob Coffin, D-Las
Vegas, and Sen. Neal.
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