Las Vegas Sun

October 25, 2014

Currently: 77° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

State teachers union to push tax initiative

The state teachers union wants a turn to try to raise taxes for education. The Nevada State Education Association said Wednesday night that it will take the lead in filing a tax initiative, despite a competing measure from the state's largest labor organization and reluctance from business groups to sign onto a tax this year.

The announcement comes on the same day that an arbitrator sided with the union on giving pay raises and benefits, forcing the Clark County School District to lay off teachers, the district said. Gary Peck, executive director of the Nevada State Education Association, would not release details of the initiative.

"We're guaranteeing an initiative will be filed," he said. "We will take a leadership role and are putting a process together."

He said the group is "casting a wide net" to meet with business and labor groups. He would not say what kind of tax it would be, how much money it would raise or when it would be filed.

"We understand we have to pull it together sooner rather than later," he said.

Advocates for an initiative have until November to collect more than 72,000 valid signatures. It would then go to the Legislature, where it would need a two-thirds majority to pass. If it fails there, it would go on the ballot in 2014.

Gaming, mining and other business leaders who have traditionally supported a broad-based business tax have refused to sign on to the AFL-CIO's initiative.

The state's AFL-CIO has been working on an initiative for almost a year.

That initiative, which would institute a tax on business profits, would raise $1 billion a year for education.

The NSEA has withheld support, and money it has to help collect signatures, over a dispute in the legal language, union officials have said.

AFL-CIO head Danny Thompson was not available for comment. But a source close to their process said as of now, the group continued to move forward.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 2 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. It is time for the unions to go. The union leaders get paid million dollar salaries; they filter a lot of the money that is intended for our children to political campaigns. Regardless of party, I would rather see our kids being educated than the tons of political campaign ads that we have to endure that are funded by the teacher union. So much waste and fraud due to the fact that the unions misuse, The teachers must reject the union which has destroyed our great state. We have a horrible system where the taxpayer who should the primary voice is tramped on...
    by creepy slimy union tactics.....

    NO ON ANY NEW TAXES FOR OUR SCHOOLS
    until we know that the money will indeed go to our kids.

    We pay and pay and they say this measure will make sure we have excellence in our schools - guess what, we are still mediocre.....and at that point, we are asked for more taxes so the union bosses can increase their salaries...

    and the administrators salary

    and our kids still cannot read.

    We have Obama demanding more money for education and that money just goes to Washington bureaucrats - 40,000 of them that never see a kid and never help the kid to read....

    Something is wrong when there are more administrators and unions....and nothing for our kids.

    VOTE NO ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES - THEY ARE THUGS WHO STEAL YOUR MONEY FOR THEMSELVE...

    and not for our kids.

    I am PRO KID - I am against the lunacy of thieves that are called the so called Teacher Union.

    I don't want to see a single ad -as that money should go to our kids. PERIOD.

  2. Even though we have Senator Reid as head of the Senate, Nevada has suffered under one of the most depressing unemployment rate in the country. Many homes have been foreclosed.....Many families have been hurt....Our prices have soared. Gas prices, food prices; taxes; and everything else. We are worse off than we were 3 years ago.....We voted to HOPE and CHANGE but we got only CHANGE. Many casinos in Reno are fighting just to keep their doors open - 2000 people might lose their jobs if they are unable to renegotiate their financial terms.

    And the BIG FAT LABOR UNIONS SAY _ WE WANT TO BLEED MORE MONEY OUT OF YOU FOR OUR FAT PAY CHECKS AND POLITICAL ADS>>>>>

    Kids need the money but we fork it over to the insane unions who refuse to listen to the true people of Nevada - the taxpayer,.

    NO ON ANY NEW TAXES TILL REID DOES A BudgeT.