Taxes

Local Nevada Governments Spend Millions Lobbying for Tax Increases

Those millions were swiped from taxpayers

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Local governments in Nevada spent more than $3 million this year lobbying the state Legislature, according to reports filed with the Department of Taxation at the conclusion of each 120-day legislative session.

Some spent top dollar retaining expensive contract lobbying firms while others sent their own employees up to Carson City. The $3 million tab is the collective cost for local governments to buy a seat at the legislative table.

Many local governments cheered their victories — the reauthorization of a redevelopment authority, for example — as justification for the costs.