LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County Education Association filed a petition to raise gaming taxes for school funding, a representative with the union confirmed.
John Vellardita, the CCEA executive director, says the union filed a statutory initiative with the Secretary of State’s office on Monday.
He says the petition would raise taxes on non-restricted licenses by 3% from 6.75% on any gains over $134,000 to 9.75% on gains over $250,000, and would not impact restricted license businesses.
Vellardita expects the change would raise $315,000 for the state’s general fund, a portion of which would be allocated to K-12 education across the state.
The 2021 Nevada Legislature has 40 days to consider statutory initiatives at the beginning of the session, and if they don’t pass it then it would be up for a public vote in 2022.
The union has until Nov. 10 to collect an estimated 100,000 signatures to force its consideration.
Groups have 15 days to file legal challenges to the statutory initiative. Vellardita says they expect filings, particularly from the gaming industry.
He says the CCEA will submit a second statutory initiative on Wednesday that is expected to raise $1 billion for an estimated combined total of $1.4 billion.
All of the money from the second initiative would be dedicated to K-12 education across the state.
Earlier in the morning, the CCEA announced it is endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for president.