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by Vice President Knight Allen 

Originally published on July 12, 2018 - reprinted with permission

     An interesting news item out of Sacramento caught my eye in the LVRJ on June 29: "California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes. How could any industry geta one-party state legislature like California's to back off raising any taxes? It turns out the American Beverage Association (ABA) had a "ballot measure that would make it much harder for cities and counties to raise taxes of any kind."

    Turns out the ballot measure required a 2/3 majority vote of the people toimpose any tax increase and covered other proposals as well. One Democratic State Senator called it "a nuclear weapon (aimed) at government in California." That's a nice reflection of the statist mindset that says anything that puts real power in the hands of the peasants has got to be horribly destructive to government and must be stopped even to the point of giving up a tax on soda today to prevent the failure to raise who knows how many other taxes in the future.

    The whole thing reminds me of how grateful we should be we live in a Dillon's Rule (DR) state which denies local governments taxing power. Can you imaginewhat the tax structure in Nevada would look like if each county commission and city council had the ability to raise taxes? There's no need to imagine, just look west.

   While DR protects us against the insatiable hunger for more money at the local level it offers no such protections at the state level. We may be on the verge of producing a one-party legislature/governor combo this November. If you want to know how that will work out just think back to the 2015 legislative session when the one party was Republican, and we wound up with the largest tax increase in Nevada's history. Give the Nevada Democratic party that power and they'll make 2015 lookamateurish

   I like Steve Sisolak. He visited us at the Senior Coalition more than once. Unfortunately, he has proven he can't stand up to the Democratic party dogma. In my opinion, like it or not, the only choice for Governor this November is Adam Laxalt.

We are so badly divided. Is it possible we can't see the dangers of one party state rule even with California right next door?

   On a personal note:
Over the years I have had the great pleasure of knowing working with some very fine people.
In my senior activities there is Vern & Jan, Ken & Aggie Mahal and all of you who have made up the Membership of the NSC.

I have also operated in other areas, one of the most challenging being workers' rights. Years after being a working person myself I connected with three individuals who were on the cutting edge in the fight for a better life for the vast majority of Nevada workers who are not covered by union contracts, primarily casino dealers.

  They were Tony Badillo, Jack Lipsman and Al Maurice of the Nevada Casino Dealers Association. Now, not every letter I submit to the RJ gets printed. In the case of the one that follows I really wanted to see it in print. It speaks for itself and I hope you find it interesting and enlightening.
Thank you.

   The RJ headline of Tuesday 6/26/18 read, "High Court deals Wynn case back. "The Wynn tip case goes back to 2006. At that time the dealers know there was one place they could go to get help in overturningthe policy to take a portion of dealers' tips and the money to the company's floor supervisors. That place was the Nevada Casino Dealers Association run by Tony Badillo, Jack Lipsman and Al Maurice. These three men along with a handful of dedicated people went to work raising the profile of the situation. They picketed the Wynn, went to court and basically did everythingthey could to get the traction needed to overturn the policy. They succeeded but as often happens in such situations, once the profile is high enough other much larger and financially stronger organizations get interested.
In this case a labor union came in and the dealers went into the union fold.

   Tony, Jack and Al had taken it as far as they could be knowing the Dealers Association could never amass the resources necessary to see it through. They never regretted taking on the fight when no one else would and took pride in the part they played in it as well they should.

   Tony passed away last October, and Jack passed just last month. It's sad they both missed the RJ headline by such a short amount of time, but you can make up for it a bit by taking just a moment to remember and think well of them.  


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