Sandoval blasts Las Vegas business group over tax study

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he's disappointed in the state's largest business organization after it issued a report critical of a proposed tax increase.

The popular Republican governor said in a statement that a critical report issued Thursday by the Tax Foundation was "utterly irresponsible" and "intellectually dishonest."

Sandoval said he was disappointed in the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce which commissioned the study by the Washington D.C.-based foundation.

The governor said the study "removed all doubt" about the Chamber's position on the governor's proposal to increase business license fees to help fund K-12 education programs.

Chamber spokeswoman Cara Clarke said the study was independent and didn't reflect the business group's position on the proposed tax. She said the Chamber would endorse a tax plan in the coming weeks.


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