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Coalition of Leeches Calls for Tax Hikes

A coalition has formed for the purpose of promoting tax hikes during the upcoming legislative session to fund government make-work construction projects. According to the Nevada News Bureau, the Building Jobs Coalition wants to create a bond fund with higher taxes from “either a one-quarter of a cent sales tax, a ten cent property tax levy, or an ‘infrastructure’ surcharge imposed on all licensed vehicles.”

The coalition is being touted as a group of “construction industry groups” trying to create jobs, but it smells an awful lot like a coalition of labor unions, government entities and other special interest leeches trying to make a buck off taxpayers since the private construction market is in the toilet. Here, take a look at some of the members and decide for yourself:

Electrical Workers Local 401
Ironworkers Union Local 118
Laborers International Union of North America No. 169
Laborers International Union of North America No. 872
National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)
Nevada Motor Transport Association (NMTA)
Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)
Northern Nevada Building Trades Council
Operating Engineers Union Local 3
Operative Plasters and Cement Masons Local 797
Painters and Allied Trades Local 597
Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 350
Sheet Metal Workers Local 26
Sierra Nevada Concrete Association
Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

So the rest of us are supposed to pay higher taxes on our purchases, homes and cars so these greedy unions paying hyper-inflated wages can put more members back to work to pay union bosses more dues to do more damage to the state’s government while greasing the bottom lines of private construction firm owners who live off government public works projects rather than private construction projects? I don’t think so.


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