Republican lieutenant governor candidate, Brent Jones, says that the three issues that separate him from his primary opponent, Republican Senator Michael Roberson, are the following:
• Lawmakers in Nevada should not have passed the largest tax increase, in 2015.
• The Educational Savings Accounts should have been funded during a special session in 2016 when Republicans had the opportunity to do so.
• College and universities should allow campus carry for law-abiding young adults.
Jones served in the Nevada Assembly in the 2015-16 session. While filming “Nevada Politics Today,” Jones asked, why is there a need to keep taxing? He pointed out that Roberson had signed the pledge against new taxes when running for office. It was after he was accepted into the “club,” so to speak, that he changed his mind and started to push the largest tax hike in Nevada history.
The standard Republican platform is lower taxes and limited government. Jones expressed the need for integrity in government. When the notion was raised that more money was needed for the improvement of education, Jones pushed back stating that “inflated-adjusted, per-pupil spending has more than doubled since 1980 with zero improvements in Nevada education.” Jones insists “The issue is not more money. It’s a broken system.”
Assemblyman Jones criticized Roberson, who was at the time, the Senate majority leader because he refused to allow for a vote that would fund Educational Spending Accounts (ESA,) during the 2016 special session. However, in that same special session, $750 million went to the NFL Raiders team.
It is important to note that in the 2016 special session, Republicans held the majority in both houses. It was lost, however, in the following November elections.
Even with the nationwide protests, on March 24, 2018, Jones is not in favor of imposing more restrictions on gun ownership. He quoted Benjamin Franklin, “Never trust a government that doesn’t trust its own citizens with guns.”
Jones pointed out that it has been discovered that many of the mass shooters were taking psychotropic drugs. He believes that people using these types of medication should be monitored closely. He also believes it is time to address mental health issues that also play a role in these horrific shootings.
Jones criticized Roberson for killing a bill that would allow adult students to use their lawfully obtained concealed carry permits on college campuses. “When honest, law-abiding people are stripped of their constitutional right, they can’t protect themselves.”
Also, Jones does not agree with allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver authorization cards. “Senator Roberson pushed through SB303, which gave illegals the ability to obtain a Nevada driver’s license. Illegal aliens mean you’re doing something illegal. Why are we sanctioning illegal activity?”
“I wish I didn’t have to pay taxes, but you know what? I do because I follow the law.”