With the November Ballot approaching, initiatives, propositions, and campaigns are in full swing and trying to convince everyone why this or that should or should not be passed. Here at Joey Gilbert Law, we are not different, however, we just want to provide the facts about the propositions we care the most about, and want you to be the judge.
We are very passionate about Question 3, the Margin Tax Initiative, and Question 1, the Nevada Judicial Appointment Amendment.
Despite the great lengths the Nevada Economy has been going through to become better, it continues to struggle. With Tesla recently announcing their move to Nevada, it has sparked a lot of interest in several other corporations to move to Nevada, which would result in thousands of jobs, and could bring Nevada out of the slump it has been in. However, this new Margin Tax on businesses would do the exact opposite to our economy than what it would hope to do. Question 3 is a 2% tax on gross revenues on businesses that make over a certain amount per year. However, this is not on a company’s profits. This means that a company could be taxed heavily on the revenues of a year, even if they have high business expenses, putting them in the red. This is projected to happen to a lot of locally owned business across all of Nevada, which would result in job losses, and even company closures. This is exactly what Nevada does not need to happen right now.
One of the biggest points of pride that Nevadans share, is the opinion of how different and better the state is run than our neighboring state California, especially when it comes to taxes. However, with this tax, it would put Nevada in the top five highest taxed states on businesses; even higher than California.
Our biggest issue with this tax and its campaign efforts are the emotional ploy that these funds will be spent on Nevada’s education. Education reform is something that needs to be looked into, we would agree, however, the money raised from the tax would be put in the general fund, meaning politicians can chose how the money is actually spent, and does not guarantee any additional funding for education whatsoever. To us, it seems as if the “money for education” is just a tactic to get more votes for it to pass. We have been lied to by politicians in the past, but like the famous saying goes, “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Don’t be fooled.
Question 1 is the other point of interest we are very passionate about here at Joey Gilbert Law. It seeks to establish a Three – Judge Appellate Court, which would enhance Nevada’s Judicial Process by reducing case backlog, efficiently managing the appeals process and allowing the Nevada Supreme Court to focus on the most pressing and complex issues of the court and state. Nevada, surprisingly, is one of only ten states that does not have a Court of Appeals, even though our Supreme Court is one of the busiest in the nations. Essentially, it would provide a more timely access to justice for our Nevadans, while also creating a more stable business climate for existing and new businesses.
All we ask from you is to be educated about what you are voting on this November. Know how it will affect our people, our economy and our state as a whole.
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In this upcoming ballot, Nevada Initiative 3 will be something you should be very informed about before voting.
Initiative 3, if passed, would put a Margin Tax on businesses that make more than $1 million dollars in annual gross revenues. It would place a 2% tax, regardless of how much, if any, of the business’s revenues are actual profit. For example, if a local restaurant were to make $1 million dollars, but had business costs of $1.5 million dollars, this restaurant would still need to spend $20,000.00 in additional taxes, even though the restaurant never saw a profit. This tax, if passed, would be equivalent to a 15% business tax, which is higher than California’s corporate taxes, and would put Nevada in the top 5 highest taxed states in the country.
The Question also claims that the funds raised by the Margin Tax would benefit education. However, nowhere in the initiative does it mention how the money will be spent, or that it will even be guaranteed to be spent on education. That is because the money will be put into the General Fund, meaning that politicians can pick and chose how the money actually will be spent. Essentially, not a single dollar from the Margin Tax could be spent on education if Nevada Politicians choose to do so. Basically, the idea of the fund being “raised for Nevada schools” is just a ploy to get you, the voter, to vote yes on something that would otherwise be illegal to do without being voted on.
The biggest losers of Question 3 would be the people of Nevada. Because this tax is targeting businesses and is so steep, it will cost thousands of jobs, resulting in a hurting to Nevada’s already struggling economy. The only way to keep Nevada going strong, is to have a striving economy from its residents being employed, why would anyone want to hurt that?
With Nevada currently being a desirable place for businesses to come to, the state is growing and the economy has been substantially getting better and better over the past several years, but still has a lot of improving to do. This margin tax is the worst thing that could come about for Nevada, and put the state right back in a bad place. Lets keep Nevada a place people want to come to, not leave.
For more information be sure to visit stopthemargintax.com, and like Joey Gilbert & Associates on Facebook to keep up with Question 3.
Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley announced yesterday, Wednesday September 10th, that people will no longer be jailed due to requests from the feral immigration authorities.
In most jails, inmates are processed through a federal system designed to check their immigration status. Those inmates that are suspected of being in the country illegally are flagged and issued a “detainer,” which holds them in custody until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official agents arrive and can consider these inmates for deportation.
However, due to recent court rulings, these ICE detainers are just requests, not official mandates, creating liability issues for jails if they were to keep inmates incarcerated longer as desired by federal immigration officials.
“If ICE provides a warrant saying that they are arresting an individual and are taking them into their custody, we will hold that person on behalf of ICE,” Haley said. “However, we will not hold a person in our custody based solely on an ICE-issued detainer saying that they may have some interest in that person.”
Vaguely, if ICE issues a warrant for people accused of living in the country illegally, not just a request, individuals could still be held in the county jail without review by a judge in potential violation of a person’s Fourth Amendment Rights. However, the jail can still hold on to people that have not gone through the judicial process for probable cause. Essentially, ICE could abuse this by requesting holds on people who do not meet the probable cause for official detainment.
For more information, visit http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/09/10/washoe-sheriff-says-immigration-hold-requests/15402655/
RENO, NEV. – On Tuesday September 9, 2014, at roughly 7:45 p.m. near the V.A.
Hospital, a fight that lead to a stabbing, resulting in a 48-year-old man’s death.
Police say the man was walking down the street near the corner of Vassar St and Kirman Ave. The suspects were reported as four male juveniles, who were yelling from across the street at the victim. The four juveniles then crossed the street, to which a fight broke out.
The victim, whose identity has yet to be released, was taken to Renown Hospital, where he later died.
The suspects fled the scene, and are yet to be found.
Reno Police Department is currently investigating and is urging anyone with information to call them at 334-2115 or to call Secret Witness at 775-322-4990.
This past weekend, a two day operation led to the arrest of 31 people in a prostitution sting. The Reno Police Department stated that the women arrested were ages 18-53. The operation took place on the 4th Street Corridor primarily through internet transactions and focusing on sex trafficking and exploitation.
A FBI victims advocate and a representative from Awaken, Inc., a faith-based nonprofit group, met with each of the victims and provided them with food, clothing and referrals to get help.
The Reno Police Department’s Regional Street Enforcement Team participated in the initiative which police said is “designed to recover juvenile victims of commercial sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and identify, arrest those who are responsible for their exploitation.”
Nevada Attorney General’s Office, enforcement agents from the Nevada Gaming Control Board and attorneys from the United States Attorney’s Office participated in the initiative, a Reno police press release said.
The victim of 19 year old Brandon Moore-Montgomery, was pronounced dead by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffery James Montgomery, 45, is also the father of Brandon Moore-Montgomery. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds on June 12 at his home in Spanish Springs.
Brandon Moore-Montgomery turned himself in just over a week ago. The investigation is still pending, however, the case is being investigated as a homicide and Montgomery now faces an open murder charge.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 775-328-3320 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
The Reno Police Department Regional Gang Unit responded to calls of gunshots on Wednesday northeast of downtown Reno.
Officers arrived at an apartment complex to find both an man and a woman with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
Reno Police state that they have little information regarding the shooting and are asking for the publics help. If you have any information relating to Wednesday’s shootings, please call 775-334-3852
Law Enforcement officials are still looking for clues leading up to the murder of 2 women in Washoe Valley by Anthony Gustave Nelson whom was recently released from prison in Arizona.
Authorities believe Nelson came to Nevada in a stolen vehicle from Arizona. The owner of the vehicle was found dead in his home.
Nelson paid for a camping space in Washoe Valley which was within walking distance of the home where the shooting took place. Nelson is believed to enter the home and confront the homeowner which ending in a murder. Up to 24 hours later, neighbors came by to check on the home and a shootout occurred killing the second victim and wounding her husband. Nelson is then believed to flee the scene in a Jeep. Authorities tracked Nelson and a chase ensued.
A second shootout with officers took place near Sand Mountain, during the gun battle Nelson was killed.
Authorities are still investigated the chain of events and trying to place Nelson’s whereabouts after his release from prison on June 2 up until the shooting.
The Sparks Police Dept arrested a man on monday on the suspicion of 10 child molestation incidents with a child. The incidents had occurred over 4-5 years ending in either 2008 or 2009.
Police say the alleged molestations had taken place within the boundaries of Sparks throughout all county. They received the original report on January 29 and did interviews with the victim and others, police stated.
The alleged suspect is identified as Kurt Alexan Winkelmann-Herrer, a 38 year old man. Counts include 10 counts of lewdness with a child younger than 14.
On Monday, the detectives were able to compile enough information and evidence to arrest the suspect.
The Reno Police Dept has revealed additional photos of a suspect that robbed a Bank on Monday. The suspect had robbed a Wells Fargo Bank located inside of a Scolari’s Market at about 2:39p.m.
The suspect entered the Scolaris located at 6255 Sharlands Ave and told everyone he was carrying a weapon and demanded cash right on the spot, stated the police. He left with a sum of cash that is still undisclosed in amount. No weapon was ever seen during the robbery.
The man is described as caucasian, about 20-30 years old, a medium build and clean shaven wearing a white, long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and a dark baseball cap.
Secret Witness is offering $1500 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest and prosecution.