Editor: Janine Hansen
August 2018, In the Year of Our Lord
Volume 44, Number 7 email version
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We received New Information on Question 2 and CHANGED our Recommendation.
Question 2: Sales Tax Exemption for Feminine Hygiene Products.
We have changed our recommendation on Question 2, an amendment to the Sales and Use Tax Act of 1955 which would exempt feminine hygiene products from Sales tax. We originally recommended a yes on this question.
New information has become available from the State which shows the considerable financial impact this exemption will have. Thirty-five other states do not exempt feminine hygiene products from their sales tax. A broader tax base generally leads to lower tax rates and responds better to upturns and downturns in the economy leading to a sound tax policy. The State estimates there will be a loss of tax revenue of between $4.69 million to $7.11 million per year from the State General Fund, the School Districts, Counties, Cities and Towns. In addition, 13 of the 17 counties impose additional sales taxes which will be lost equaling between $931,300 and $1,330,400. These lost tax revenues will have to be made up in some other way and will lead, I am afraid, to the clamoring of Legislators, County Commissions and City Councils for other tax increases such as the devastating property tax increase SJR14. Considering these facts we have changed our recommendation on Question 2 to NO.
Voter Guide Questions on the Nevada Families Questionnaire
for State Senate, Assembly and substantially the same for Statewide candidates like Governor.
All Questions were followed by the options: Yes_____ No_____ Undecided_____ Comments:
1) The 2017 Legislature passed SJR14 a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the property tax cap and depreciation. This will result in a massive property tax increase for homes and businesses in some cases tripling the current tax upon sale. If SJR14 passes the Legislature in 2019 it will go on the ballot for a vote of the people. (information was included) Will you vote against SJR14 the massive property tax increase?
2) The 2017 Legislature passed AJR14 a Constitutional Amendment which, if passed, would create a Constitutional Right to Emergency Medical Care and impose price controls on medical care and hospitals. Socialist price controls do not work. They will make medical care and hospitals less available. Federal and State law already require hospitals to provide emergency medical care regardless of the ability to pay. These laws have caused a crisis in California where “a large percentage of hospitals are losing money, hundreds of medical clinics have closed or gone bankrupt…while at least 84 hospitals have closed in the last dozen years, many due to overuse of emergency rooms and illegal aliens unpaid medical bills.” If AJR14 passes the Legislature in 2019 it will go on the ballot for a vote of the people. Will you vote against AJR14 which creates a Constitutional Right to Emergency Medical Care?
3) Do you support the unabridged individual Constitutional right of Citizens to Keep and Bear Arms including the right to own semi-automatic rifles?
4) Religious liberty is the first freedom safeguarded by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It holds a preeminent location in the Ordinance of the Nevada Constitution where it states “That perfect toleration of religious sentiment shall be secured…” In addition, in Art.1 Section 4 the Nevada Constitution secures free exercise of religion and liberty of conscience. Freedom of religion is under assault from those who seek to impose their ideas of “political correctness” to negate religious freedom. As an elected Legislator will you defend the right of religious liberty in your deliberations as a Representative of the People?
5) Nevada is becoming a Sanctuary State like California. According to the FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) Sept. 2017 report, Illegal immigration is costing U.S. Taxpayers $115,894,597,664 billion a year including costing Nevada taxpayers $1,572,680,987 billion, that’s $4,978 per illegal alien per year.
Will you vote to protect Nevada’s taxpayers from the excessive cost of illegal immigration and oppose any legislation which moves Nevada towards a Sanctuary State?
6) The 2017 Legislature voted to make it easier for illegal aliens to renew their “drivers’ authorization cards,” which are drivers licenses, from an annual renewal to a four year renewal just like legal citizens. There are no requirements to receive a driver authorization card in Nevada except to pass the driving test. Utah requires that aliens are here legally, that they sign for financial responsibility, and that they have a valid Tax ID number from the IRS. Will you vote to insure those requirements in Nevada law before aliens receive drivers’ authorization cards?
7) Every Legislative Session since 2011 legislation has been introduced to allow people to register to vote on Election Day. This opens our elections to voter fraud. Will you oppose legislation to allow voter registration on Election Day?
8) Do you support laws to protect the right to life of innocent unborn babies, the elderly, and the handicapped?
9) During the 2017 Legislative Session, SB261 providing for assisted suicide passed the State Senate. Testimony was provided by doctors that insurance companies in California and Oregon are depriving patients of life-saving care and encouraging them to commit suicide in order to save the insurance companies money.
Will you oppose assisted suicide legislation?
10) Every Legislative Session since 2011 Planned Parenthood has lobbied to overturn the current state law which allows counties to control sex education curriculum and the grade levels when it is presented. In addition, the law prohibits outside groups like the abortion advocates Planned Parenthood from having access to the classroom where they can recruit clients. Will you vote to uphold Nevada’s current sex-education law which allows counties flexibility and prohibits outsiders from access to the classroom?
11) Nevada ranks 49% among the states in education. Nevada unfortunately adopted the failing Common Core standards implemented in Nevada by federal money and mandates. Many states and communities are rejecting Common Core because of a backlash by parents, taxpayers, and many teachers. Will you vote to repeal the failing Common Core Education Standards and its invasive student/family tracking?
12) Do you support a parent’s right to choose government, charter, private, religious, or home schooling for their children including for their pre-school children?
13) The National Education Association (Resolution B-1) supports early childhood education programs in the public schools for children from birth through age eight,” including mandatory kindergarten and pre-kindergarten for all three and four-year-old children. Will you oppose any legislation/regulation/measure to provide mandatory kindergarten and government preschool for three and four year old children?
14) Do you support freedom of choice in health care, including the fundamental right to not be forced to receive vaccines or medications including fluoride?
Essay Question: What do you view as the proper role of government?
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Would Federally Paid Family Leave Be an Entitlement Program?
August 18, 2018
Since the election of President Trump, his daughter, Ivanka Trump, has made paid maternity and family leave a priority of the administration. This has been evident in many of Ivanka’s speeches as well as the President’s White House budget. While this can certainly be appealing, the facts say that it will be more harmful than helpful.
Although the United States does not have a federally paid family leave policy, it already has the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which requires businesses with 50 or more employees to provide 12 weeks or more for family or sick leave with the guarantee that employees will not lose their job. Various states have expanded that law and businesses have chosen to give additional benefits in tandem with FMLA. However, a new proposal has become popular claiming to remedy this “social insecurity of our time.”
Recently, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced a bill that allows employees to dip into their Social Security funds. The Economic Security for New Parents Act (S. 3345) permits a portion of one’s social security to be taken out in exchange for delaying the timeline in which they would collect those benefits as a senior citizen. This leaves the door wide open for the federal government to begin allowing individuals to borrow from Social Security for other things such as personal debt or a down payment for a home.
Social Security is already a failing program. The current aging population far outnumbers the younger taxpayer base. The declining birth rate leaves Social Security at a funding loss with projections of its cash reserves to be depleted by 2034 unless Congress acts.
Would this be another entitlement program? Absolutely! Instead of teaching Americans how to properly earn and budget their money, they will learn how to depend on the federal government for all of their means. This will only increase the nation’s deficit with more people using the system for financial means without being able to pay taxes. The federal government currently holds $15.7 trillion in debt and Congress continues to pass spending bills that increase that amount. The Heritage Foundation has estimated that this proposal would add a conservative estimate of $9-12 billion to our national debt per year, creating a quicker timeline of the Social Security program’s depletion. This puts our economy at extreme risk of instability.
There are alternative ways to encourage motherhood and provide financial stability for those who take family leave. One of these ways is to encourage strong, responsible fiscal policies from Congress. As the economy grows, more businesses will have the financial opportunity to work with families on their leave policies. In addition, as more individuals are hired into a stable workforce, they will have a more reliable income that may supplement any family leave that needs to be taken. Congress has already taken a stab at this by lowering federal taxes through tax reform.
Phyllis Schlafly constantly pointed out the dangers of federally mandated or funded leave. Those facts have not changed. Using the Social Security program is not the answer to supplementing the finances of families when making leave decisions. Sign up for Eagle Forum Alerts: www.eagleforum.org
A Win for the First Amendment www.eagleforum.org
Last week the U.S. Department of Labor issued a directive that protects the religious freedoms of government contractors who disagree with same-sex marriage. The Trump administration has publicly declared to hold their staff accountable to defend the religious rights of organizations.
Former President George W. Bush issued an executive order in 2002 that established a framework for faith-based contractors seeking contracts with the federal government. After former President Obama took office, he amended that policy in tandem with an equal opportunity employment executive order to include sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class. While the Obama administration kept the religious exemption in place, there was much confusion on the matter after he added this new "class". The Trump administration wanted to make it clear that their own staff who issue these contracts cannot discriminate against religious organizations, nor can those organizations be charged with LGBT discrimination.
The new policy directive is based on three recent Supreme Court cases. The first being the Jack Phillips case where he was unlawfully punished for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. The Supreme Court ruled in Phillips' favor. The second case ruled in favor of a Missouri church that was denied federal grant money based on their faith for a playground that was to be used for secular purposes. The last case was the Hobby Lobby decision in 2014 that allowed the business to opt out of contraceptive coverage. All three cases support the religious rights of employees and faith-based businesses.
Additionally, the directive explicitly gives faith-based contractors an equal opportunity when competing for federal government contracts. They will no longer be singled-out just because of their religious nature or simply because they disagree with same-sex marriage.
While this is a step in the right direction for faith-based groups, the next step would be to rid the policy of the sexual orientation and gender identity language. Religion is protected by the U.S. Constitution, however, sexual orientation is not. The Obama administration's actions to take advantage of every opportunity to put this language into various policies to be reversed.
Eagle Forum applauds the Trump administration for recognizing the rights of the American people to their own religious beliefs.
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