Aimee Jones declared her intent as a candidate for Nevada Assembly District 35. As a real conservative Republican, she firmly believes what former President Ronald Reagan said in his inaugural address, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
President Reagan’s statement continues to be a reality in Nevada. In 2015, the largest tax increase in the state’s history was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval. This tax, commonly referred to as the Commerce Tax, was passed in 2014 even though 80 percent of voters cast ballots against implementing the new tax in the same year.
Additionally, Nevada’s legislature approved an Education Savings Account (ESA) bill that would allow parents to use a portion of their child’s per-pupil spending at the school of their choice. However, final funding has yet to take place.
Jones supports funding for the ESA that allows families to choose what and where their children are educated. Jones contends the breakup of the Clark County schools, into smaller and locally run entities will enable parents, teachers, and students to be productive and successful.
The Common Core system of teaching, mandated by the federal government has not improved student comprehension, as demonstrated by Education Week magazine’s latest Quality Counts report. On January 17, 2018, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Nevada’s schools ranked 51st in the United States and District Columbia. Jones firmly believes that quality education is vital. “Throwing more money at the same failed system will never improve Nevada’s education system,” said Jones.
As a business owner and the Executive Vice President of Real Water, Jones sees the Commerce Tax as ineffective and costly, not only for the businesses but the state as well. She will not vote for new taxes and supports the effort to repeal of the Commerce Tax. “I have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a promise to Nevada voters, I will not vote to raise taxes,” said Jones.
Finally, Jones says she is excited at the chance to work with Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske, and her effort to protect the states election system against any attempted fraud or vote manipulation. “With all the talk about attempted hacking into the U.S. election system in the 2016 election, we must be pro-active to protect Nevada voters,” said Jones.
During the interview, Jones relayed a personal experience with voter fraud. Someone had voted in her stead, using her name and mailing address before she went to vote. Officials at the polling location reported the discrepancy; she had to fill out a unique form which enabled her to cast a ballot. However, she added, “It didn’t matter because someone else had already voted using her identity.”
By Cathy Milne
Interview: Aimee Jones; March 23, 2018
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