Nevada Business Operators Share Experiances with Governor, Cabinet Members
Gov. Brian Sandoval and his Cabinet fanned out across Nevada Thursday to ask businesses what the state can do to help them.
In Carson City, one of the key stops was at Carson Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep since auto sales are the capital's biggest sales tax generator.
Government Sales Manager Joel Cryer told Motor Pool Administrator Keith Wells, who deals with auto dealers regularly, that one of the problems they have had is the added layer of bureaucracy implemented 18 months ago requiring auto purchases to be approved by the Board of Examiners. He said that the latest example is last week's approval of 10 vehicles for the Nevada Division of Investigations. Because the money must be spent by the end of this fiscal year, Cryer said that that puts pressure on his team as well as NDI to get it done in just 40 days.
He said that requiring BoE approval to spend money already budgeted for those vehicles “is like having to go back to mom and dad and ask for that five bucks.”
Both he and General Manager Steve Christian said Carson Dodge is doing better as more people are again buying vehicles but that they weren't sure whether it's because the economy is better.
Christian said that he thinks people are buying because their current vehicles are wearing out. Nonetheless, they said that Carson Dodge recently added six employees, bringing total staffing to 58.
And those jobs, they pointed out, are far from minimum wage positions.
He said that the state should put more emphasis on attracting retiring baby boomers from California and other states. Many of those people, he said, would bring enough money and credit to buy homes and vehicles and to spend in local stores.
He also urged the state to consider better regulation of the real estate market.
“We had people in introductory jobs that were somehow qualifying for $400,000 homes, and they were the first to crash and burn,” Christian said. “I'd like to see regulations so that when things get good, we don't go crazy again.”
Cryer urged Wells and Department of Administration Public Affairs Officer Leslie Henrie to caution the governor to keep the payroll tax as low as possible, saying a stiff payroll tax discourages business hiring.
Both men said that their overall relationships with the DMV, Motor Pool and Nevada Highway Patrol have been excellent, and Christian made it clear he's not anti-tax.
“Taxes are fine if the money is spent wisely,” he said.
“All things considered, I think it's a really friendly state for business.”
And like some other businessmen, Christian said that he thinks mining companies should pay more.
He said Texas, North Dakota and Alaska, among others, make more money from mineral and oil production.
“They can't take the gold with them,” he said.
That meeting was one of 23 scattered across the state. Others in Carson City included National Guard Brig. Gen. Bill Burks, who visited Chromalloy, HHS Director Mike Willden, who visited Aloha Medicinal, and Corrections Director Greg Cox, who went to TRIPP Enterprises.
Sandoval visited Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel in Sparks, while Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki went to Falcon Dassault Aircraft in Reno.
According to the governor's office, the visits were designed to get input from businessmen on how the state can improve governmental services and eliminate red tape, helping those businesses grow, hire more employees and increase profits.