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September 2, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Taxing times for Nevada residents

According to an article on the CNBC website, Nevada ranked as the fifth most expensive state to operate a motor vehicle. Now with the implementation of an additional 3.4 cent per gallon tax on gasoline, we might be heading toward that great Nevada tradition of being on yet another wrong side of the “good” and “bad” lists among the states (think violent crime, funding for education, care for the mentally ill and teen pregnancy).

Nevadans are also now proud members; along with 18 other privileged states that will be paying 8 percent more for their purchases on Amazon.com.

Who suffers the most because of this continual trend of increasing excise taxes and sales taxes? Those who can least afford it! As usual, in a state where almost every politician, regardless of party affiliation, is in the pockets of the casinos, mining and/or some other major industry, these entities are anointed with low taxes that have changed very little in the past 50 years, compared with the rise in excise and sales taxes. Times have been hard for the working person in Nevada, now they will be harder!

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