CARSON CITY — Carson City District Judge James Wilson heard arguments Tuesday but delayed ruling on whether an initiative petition filed by the state teachers association to raise an estimated $800 million a year for education via a new margin tax is too flawed to go forward.
Wilson said after a brief hearing that he will issue a decision “as soon as possible.”
Attorney Josh Hicks, representing the Committee to Protect Nevada Jobs, argued that the petition filed with the Secretary of State’s Office by the Nevada State Education Association violated a rule for such measures requiring they deal with a single subject.
He also argued that the proposed margin tax on larger Nevada businesses was misleading. Nevada residents who would be asked to sign the petition to take the proposal to the Legislature in 2013 need to know what the measure would do, Hicks said.
For example, the description of the tax does no mention the names of the businesses paying the tax and the amount they would pay, he said.