Name: Nick Phillips
Office: State Assembly, District 41
On-Air Interview Summary: Nick Phillips is a young man who started his first internet business when he was 16. He says he will approach the Assembly with a business mindset. When he ran to lead the state Republican Party (he narrowly lost), he travelled the state and began to understand how to work with people in different parts of the state. He says that jobs and education are the two issues the voters in District 41 care about.
Party Affiliation: Republican
Question: In a 140 characters – or, the size of a tweet – introduce yourself as if you are introducing yourself to a neighbor.
I am a father and a small business owner. I am running to help improve our education, bring more jobs to NV and improve our quality of life
Question: Last legislative session, the major initiative was a tax increase to support education in the state. What should the major accomplishment of 2017 legislature be?
Workforce development, continued education reforms and long-term strategic planning for infrastructure, healthcare and public safety improvements.
Question: If recreational marijuana is legalized by voters in this state, do you want revenue from it to fund health initiatives, research and/or youth awareness campaigns?
We need to ensure that any revenue generated by these programs aids in maintaining and improving public safety. If this passes, we need to make sure that we are best in the nation in every regard.
Question: Many elected officials in Clark County say they’d like to see the property tax cap changed – that its time because tax revenues aren’t meeting budgets. Is that an idea you want to see the legislature tackle?
We must tackle all issues that are brought before the legislature and have candid discussions about their pros and cons, but I do not believe increasing taxes on the citizens of the state of Nevada is the solution to our state’s financial problems. Many people are on fixed incomes, still recovering from the past recession and not able to afford any increase in what they pay. We need to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of our state in terms of public safety, education and infrastructure and need to evaluate the programs that the state is involved in and whether or not funding levels are appropriate across the state’s budget, however I do not believe that raising or removing the property tax cap is the solution.
Question: Do you support the construction of a taxpayer-funded NFL stadium?
Currently there is much in flux with this proposal, however I look forward to fully evaluating this matter once the specifics of the proposal are made available and we can understand the full fiscal impact to the state, our residents, tourists and what it will bring.
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