The education system in Nevada is largely reliant on the action of gamblers as they receive millions and millions of dollars from casinos in the state.
Now a group of teachers are preparing to ask the state to impose higher taxes for casinos in the state.
The Nevada State Education Association initiative is being pushed by teachers to get it on the ballot for a vote. the concept of the initiative is that a 3% tax would be added on gambling revenues from the states biggest casinos.
By big casinos, they are speaking of those casinos that gross more than $1 million a month. the current rate of tax is 6.75, which would mean the tax would rise for these select casinos to 9.75, and would create over $200 million a year for education.
The casino industry takes care of one third of the total cost of public education in the state, which means that an increase would further advance their contribution to the education cause.
The initiative would have to pass both the 2008 and 2010 election before going into place.
Alcohol Ruled Not A Problem At Barona Band of Mission Indians Casino
Residents and county officials who oppose gambling in their communities have always used crime and unruly behavior as a crutch for their argument, but a judge has sided with a casino in the latest battle in court.
Judge Rodolfo Echeverria took the side of the Barona Band of Mission Indians and is recommending that the tribe be allowed to continue to serve alcohol at their large casino resort in San Diego.
Opposition tried to manipulate statistics to show that car accidents in the area and crime in the area was a direct relation to patrons drinking at the casino, but testimony from a traffic expert disputed their claims.
Further complicating things for the opposition is the fact that alcohol is only served in select locations in the casino resort, and not on the gaming floor, and the judge claimed that to be one of the reason’s for his recommendation.
The judge’s final decision will be reviewed by Steve Hardy, the director of the ABC, and a final decision will be made.
Whatever the final decision is, the battle for either side of the issue will not be over as Hardy’s decision can be reviewed by an appeals board.