Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, began his 31st year in the Nevada Legislature in 2003. His major issues include: (1) Legislation mandating that the gambling industry pay a fair share for the growth it causes and from which it is the principal beneficiary. See below.
(2) Expediting a public takeover of Nevada Power.
(3) Banning racial profiling. See below.
(4) Outlawing the death penalty.
(5) Rights for cable TV ratepayers.




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Meanwhile in Reno, more corporate welfare — Casino taxes cut

   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 one 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.

   Southern 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.

   Call, fax (775-684-6522), paper mail or e-mail (below) and ask them to make casinos pay a fair share. Ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. Legislative hotlines are 684-6800 from Reno-Sparks-Carson City, 486-2626 from the Las Vegas area and toll-free 1-800-995-9080 statewide. Invest the time. It's your money.

   PASS THE WORD — Contact your own Nevada State Senate and Nevada State Assembly members and let them know your view. Nevadans can identify representatives from their districts though the front page of the legislative website. You may also view or listen to committee meetings through the site. Start sending letters to the editors of your local newspapers. If you would like your name posted as a supporter at the Silver State Casinos Out of Politics (COP) website, please sign up here.

NEW UNLV Study Gambling addiction costs Nevada more than the industry pays in taxes.

Sen. Neal said it years ago

Neal — Mob-run casinos of yesteryear were more responsible taxpayers than today's multi-national corporations

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Discrimination bills postponed

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2003 Legislative News Archive

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SIGN OF THE TIMES This sign was put up by 2002 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Gerry Larrivee on U.S. 395 between Reno and Carson City during Sen. Neal's 2000 Gaming Tax Petition Campaign. Sen. Neal needs similar grass-roots support during this year's legislative fight for fairness.

Reno Gazette-Journal Editorial — How about a 3 percent gaming tax hike?

Neal likes British tax system, casinos don't

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Conservative Columnist Ira Hansen

    "Considering most states tax the gaming industry at about double our rate, their measly $3 million or $4 million spent on (Gov.) Guinn's campaign was certainly a magnificent investment...

   "Kenny Guinn is a very nice person but is well known as a man with very limited commitments to any social, moral or political opinion or view. He is a blank page and the gamblers filled in the lines. And, no real surprise, what they wanted is remarkably identical to Guinn's 'vision' to avoid the government doing in Nevada what it has done across the country, mainly socking it to them to help pay for all the social malaise they help create.

   "To nip that potential in the bud, they bought Kenny Guinn and his clones in both parties, effectively isolating themselves. Democrat Joe Neal, who I voted for in the last election (despite my right wing views), saw clearly how this power play was coming to pass.
  — Daily Sparks Tribune

Daily Sparks Tribune
Editorial — Cut the Newspeak and Raise the Gaming Tax   

Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce members 90% in favor of gross gaming tax hike

Illinois governor wants gross gaming raised from 50% to 70%



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