Connie Foust: How an Establishment Legislator Votes on Taxes and Fees

FoustThe issues sweeping this great nation are many and complex. As one reads news reports across the state and country, it is clear that there is a lot to discuss and a lot to decide. Also, as many have suggested, a person decides not by “what we say,” rather by “what we do.” “What we do” is “how we vote. We get to decide, based on our vote. When you vote, you decide!”

In Nevada Assembly District 19 (AD19), there is a race between a Ronald Reagan Conservative in Connie Foust and an “Establishment” candidate in her opponent.  However, it depends on how an individual defines Establishment.

Many people believe that core Republican values and principles are:

  • Less taxes
  • Less government
  • Less regulations

Do these simple statements completely define a person?  Of course not; but they do represent the foundation of a true view of what the Republican Party represents.

What if that is not true?

In Nevada, during the 2015 session, a Republican Legislature passed the largest tax increase in Nevada history.  In fact, in the Assembly, there was a total of 32 tax and fee bills voted on in the Assembly.  With tax increases come more government and more regulations.  If these tax and fee increases have not made an impact yet, they will!  How did that happen when approximately 80 percent of the citizens voted against more taxes in the 2014 election cycle; remember that?  So, if 80 percent say no, why did the Republican leadership say yes?

The answer is simple, they are not listening to the voters, nor are they representing Nevadans’ core values and principles!  That is “our ” definition of an “Establishment Republican.” Foust believes that is also part of the voters in AD19’s definition of an Establishment Republican.  “We know because we asked you!  We have polled several times in AD19, and your responses, from you the voter, the ones that “decide,” say the same thing: you want legislators to listen to you and represent your fundamental beliefs!” Foust agrees!  Her opponent disagrees; he must, or why did he vote for 26 of 32 tax increases and fees during that same session?

2015 Session Assembly Bills How a True Conservative Should Vote How The Current Assemblyman Voted How Connie Foust Would Have Voted
AB66 NO YES NO
AB78 NO YES NO
AB85 NO YES NO
AB115 NO YES NO
AB132 NO YES NO
AB175 NO YES NO
AB191 NO YES NO
AB231 NO YES NO
AB246 NO YES NO
AB258 NO YES NO
AB268 NO YES NO
AB325 NO NO NO
AB380 NO YES NO
AB474 NO YES NO
AB478 NO YES NO
AB480 NO YES NO
AB484 NO YES NO
SB38 NO YES NO
SB44 NO YES NO
SB312 NO YES NO
SB370 NO YES NO
SB388 NO YES NO
SB395 NO YES NO
SB404 NO YES NO
SB411 NO NO NO
SB476 NO NO NO
SB483 NO YES NO
SB484 NO NO* NO
SB488 NO YES NO
SB489 NO NO NO
SB498 NO NO NO
SB502 NO YES NO
SJR4 NO YES NO

* The current Assemblyman voted yes on the amendment to add the Commerce Tax under SB484 (originally it was a different bill), the Commerce Tax, then voted no when it was clear it would pass, no matter how he voted.  In essence, he voted for the Commerce Tax before he voted against it.

By DiMarkco Chandler

Sources:

Connie Foust AD19 Website: How an Establishment Legislator Votes on Taxes and Fees
Images Courtesy of Connie Foust – Used With Permission

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