Patrick M. Gleason

The $2 Billion Shortfall That Wasn't

Posted by Patrick M. Gleason on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009, 12:00 PM PERMALINK

Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer and as of last month, Pledge breaker, recently released his budget proposal which included a 3 percent room tax increase. Tax and Spenders in the Silver State claim the tax hike is needed to address what they say is a $2.3 billion shortfall (aka overspending) for the next biennium.

Luckily the good folks at the Nevada Policy Research Institute have revealed the real fiscal situation, employing an old but useful tool know as “facts.”

NPRI policy analyst Patrick Gibbons thoroughly debunks the myth of the $2.3 billion shortfall here. As it turns out the false deficit is derived from a baseline that assumes an automatic 20 percent budget increase, representing a government operating in stark contrast to the employers and families that have been cutting back in the midst of the economic downturn. As it turns out, the Governor’s budget includes only $900 million in cuts, or a meager 0.9 percent reduction. Indeed, many Nevada workers and businesses would gladly welcome less than a 1 percent cutback in these tough times. Click here to read the full analysis.

Not only has NPRI exposed the fallacy of the $2.3 billion budget shortfall, they have proposed a bold and innovative package of policy recommendations and reforms that would increase government efficiency, reduce waste and redundancy, and implement the structural reforms needed to protect Nevada taxpayers. Click here for NPRI’s proposal in its entirety.

To view ATR's official statement on Gov. Gibbons’ violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, click here.

More from Americans for Tax Reform

Huffman: Only Candidate in TX S-17 Runoff to Rule out Tax Hikes

Posted by Patrick M. Gleason on Thursday, December 11th, 2008, 12:00 PM PERMALINK

Joan Huffman, a Republican running for a seat in the TX Senate’s 17th district, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). In signing the Pledge, Huffman has promised to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”  Chris Bell, Huffman’s opponent, has refused to make the same commitment to residents of the Texas Senate’s 17th district.


Click here to view ATR's press release on the matter.

IL Law Tied to Gov. Blagojevich's Culture of Corruption

Posted by Patrick M. Gleason on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008, 12:00 PM PERMALINK

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest yesterday have brought Blago's pay-to-play dealings to light.  According to criminal documents, one piece of legislation that exemplified such dealings was HB 4758, which resulted in a 3 percent tax increase on instate gaming boat operations.

Click here to read ATR's press release on the matter.