CARSON CITY, Nev., Feb. 5, 2014—In one result from an annual survey released today of its Nevada members, the nation’s largest and leading small-business association found almost no support for replacing the gasoline tax with a new vehicle miles tax.
“It’s one thing for state policymakers to want Nevada to blaze new trails, it’s quite another to know in advance that the wagon wheels will fall off this bad idea before it could travel its first mile,” said Randi Thompson, Nevada state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “No one needs better roads than small-business owners, but the incalculable costs of time and enforcement should keep this idea forever up on blocks safely tucked away in an abandoned garage. Best to keep paying at the pump.”
Every year NFIB polls its members on state and national issues vital to their ability to own, operate and grow their enterprises. Results from the poll center NFIB’s lobbying positions in Washington, D.C. and in Carson City. NFIB has about 2,000 members in Nevada and releases its annual results after a statistically valid sample is reached. The 2014 NFIB State Member Ballot asked four questions:
Should Nevada replace the current gasoline tax with a new Vehicle Miles Tax to help pay for road construction and maintenance?
Yes 8 percent
No 87 percent
Und. 5 percent
Should employers be prohibited from considering an applicant’s criminal history until after the interview process has concluded?
Yes 4 percent
No 85 percent
Und. 11 percent
Do you support a permanent state business registration fee of $200, with all the funds collected going directly to improve the state’s online business registration process?
Yes 12 percent
No 80 percent
Und. 8 percent
Should the Legislature adopt the Trespasser Liability Act?
Yes 66 percent
No 23 percent
Und. 11 percent
ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS—NFIB will be conducting a special poll of its member on their support or opposition to the margins tax initiative on the November ballot. If passed, it would create a 2 percent tax on all Nevada businesses with gross revenues over $1 million annually.
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
National Federation of Independent Business/Nevada
1435 Coronet Dr.
Reno, NV 89509