According to a new Public Opinion Strategies poll commissioned by the Retail Association of Nevada, Nevadans strongly support the Education Initiative’s Margin Tax. I’ve created an infographic that covers 3 of its important data sets (see below).
While overall, 58% of Nevadans support the margin tax, there is strong support in all regions of Nevada in Clark, Washoe and even rural counties. Nevadans support education, and they see the connection between funding and success. The poll also suggests that the respondents believed there could be some negative consequences to the tax, and still indicated they favored it.
Whether or not the 2% tax on businesses making over $1 million dollars will or will not affect the economy in any significant way is up for debate. However, Nevadans believe the benefits outweigh any negatives.
The question then is why would this tax be dead on arrival in the legislature? Nothing to worry about with all this public support, right? Well, old habits die hard. Some Democrats are still afraid to say the “T word.” Letting it go to the ballot in 2014 might be the safe bet, some would say. The flip side to that is we have problems we need to address now, and only funding is going to address those problems. Putting this tax off until 2014 is putting off success in our schools. In the final analysis, our political leaders must find the fortitude to do what is best for Nevada and focus less on their political future.
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee