State of Nevada Archives: on Budget & Economy


Joe Biden: Ordinary people are getting killed by this economy

We ought to start rewarding work, not just wealth. The idea that we have a tax rate for corporate America at 21 percent is ridiculous. It should be 28 percent. The idea that we have companies not paying anything, they should have a minimum tax of 15 percent. The idea that you're able to have a capital gains tax that you pay at the rate of 20 percent if you are Mike Bloomberg, your staffer is paying at 25 percent is wrong. The middle class is getting killed, and the poor have no way up.
Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada Feb 19, 2020

Dean Heller: Control wasteful spending and shrink the size of government

Q: Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Dean Heller (R): No. "Control wasteful spending and shrink the size of government."

Jacky Rosen (D): Yes. "Invest in things that create jobs- like our energy and transportation infrastructure, public and technical schools, and high-tech research."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Danny Tarkanian: Cut entitlements to reduce trillions of debt

Ronald Reagan warned in 1981: "For decades we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary convenience of the present.." And in another speech the Gipper noted: "We don't have a trillion dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough. We have a trillion dollar debt because we spend too much."

Sadly, little has changed since Reagan left the White House. We're still mortgaging our nation's future on the backs of our children and grandchildren. Government is still the problem, not the solution. And the government still spends too much.

Sadder still, that trillion dollar debt President Reagan inherited in 1981 grew to $20 trillion under President Obama. To paraphrase another famous saying, "It's the spending, stupid." And that includes spending on so-called "entitlements."

Fixing this problem will require elected representatives who are willing to make tough but responsible decisions regardless of political consequences.

Source: 2018 Nevada Senate campaign website DannyTarkanian.com Feb 3, 2018

Dan Schwartz: Tax abatements are not needed to entice new business

Schwartz has been critical of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, saying the state is giving away too much money in tax abatements. "The cost of doing business here is about a third of what it is in California. Those are incentives enough," he said. "I'm certainly sensitive to the argument that we're competing with other states. But we have a lot to offer. I don't know that we have to give away our tax base to accommodate businesses that should come here in the first place."
Source: Nevada Independent on 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial race Sep 6, 2017

Jacky Rosen: Cut wasteful spending; get rid of burdensome regulations

In Congress, Jacky Rosen will work hard to foster job creation and invest in things that create jobs - like our energy and transportation infrastructure, public and technical schools, and high-tech research. As a computer programmer, Jacky spent her career trying to help people work smarter, not harder, and getting rid of inefficiency. She'll work to cut wasteful spending, get rid of outdated and burdensome regulations, and fight fraud.
Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website RosenForNevada.com Nov 8, 2016

Ruben Kihuen: Wall Street blames homeowners for the foreclosure crisis

The 20 wealthiest Americans--who could fit in a single Gulfstream luxury jet--now own more wealth than half of the American population. Average Americans work longer hours for less pay. This growing wealth and income inequality is simply unacceptable.

We didn't get here by accident. Congress is controlled by the wealthy and the elite, by Wall Street bankers and billionaires, who have rigged the system against working families to protect their own bottom line.

Many, especially those on Wall Street, want to blame me and millions like me who lost their homes in the foreclosure crisis. But the truth is that this wasn't a case of a handful of Americans making bad financial decisions. It was widespread fraud by large banks and Wall Street bankers looking to turn a quick profit at the expense of people's financial security and well-being. Worst still, after the economic collapse, the same elite that ruined so many lives and so many dreams demanded that the American people bail them out.

Source: 2016 Nevada House campaign website RubenForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Joe Heck: Eliminate our debt, spurring economic growth

Q: Please state your top three priorities if elected.

JOE HECK:

  1. Eliminate our debt, spurring economic growth and job creation.
  2. Remove regulations that hamper businesses' ability to grow while supporting protections for consumers, employees, and the environment.
  3. Support patient-centered healthcare reforms making quality healthcare more affordable and accessible.
Source: Vote411.org League of Women Voters: 2016 Nevada Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Bob Beers: Common sense: borrow in tough times, but then pay it back

Beers told KNPR's State of Nevada that the most important thing he would bring with him to Washington, if he was elected, is "economic common sense."

"As I look at what goes on in Washington, D.C., that is a component that is largely absent," Beers said. The councilman says he believes the government can borrow during tough economic times but it must pay it back. "So for 80 years, we've spent more than we've taken in and I believe that injures us and it will definitely injure our children and it will really injure our grandchildren," Beers said.

He said local and state government are restrained from wild spending but the federal government doesn't have the same restraint. "It's just common sense. You can't do this," Beers said.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal coverage of 2016 Nevada Senate race May 6, 2015

Brian Sandoval: We passed a balanced budget post-Great Recession

Two years ago, we gathered in a different time, under different circumstances. As I stood before you on that evening, our state was reeling from the ravages of the Great Recession. Nevada led the nation in unemployment, housing foreclosures, and personal bankruptcies. State revenue projections had dropped dramatically, and we faced budget cuts in every category.

That evening, I asked the Nevada family to embrace a fundamental course correction--to leave behind the limits of the past and consider the case of our state's future anew. The challenges of the moment were too complex to resort to tired partisanship. Rather, they demanded that we resolve to work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century. And we rose to the occasion.

In the final days of the 76th Legislative Session, we were able to work together to craft a bipartisan compromise that led to a balanced budget & a transformed economic development effort.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Nevada Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Kenny Guinn: Change government to deal with explosive growth

For a decade, we have led the nation in growth. As a result of this tremendous growth, we will be given a third seat to amplify our voice and enhance our position in Congress. But growth also brings its share of challenges. Nevada’s school enrollment is increasing at three times the national average, we lead the nation in growth with our senior citizen population, our transportation system must constantly improve to avoid gridlock, and our health care system is strained by the ever-increasing demands placed upon it.

Two years ago, I stood before you in this chamber and declared that we would have to cut funding for many programs even though the state’s revenues were growing. We had to change the way Nevada did business, and change we did. I directed the most comprehensive review of Nevada state government in our history, and we identified numerous ways we could cut costs and become more efficient and responsive in delivering services to our citizens.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to the Nevada Legislature Jan 22, 2001

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