Gov. Brian Sandoval is calling on lawmakers to support his plan to raise business taxes and says legislators have a once in a lifetime chance to change the course of Nevada.

Sandoval spoke before dozens of lawmakers on Wednesday to make the case for increasing education funding throughout the state.

Sandoval was joined by former governors Bob Miller, Robert List and Richard Bryan, who praised him for proposing a restructured business license fee even when there could be adverse political consequences.

Senate Bill 252 would increase the business license fee on a graduated scale. And if passed, it would raise about $400-million that will overhaul our education system. "I'm going to fight for these kids because they're trusting in us to do right by them and to provide them with those ladders so that they can have a career and they can have a job and they can do anything they want to do," said Gov. Sandoval.

List called on lawmakers to be courageous and think about future generations rather than just winning their next election.

"I challenge you to step up and make the hard decisions. This is not about your next election. This is about the future of the next generation."

Bryan added, "We've studied this issue. We've studied the alternatives. The time is now and it requires action."

Gov. Sandoval said Nevada needed to improve its historically underperforming education system this session and said he was open to alternate proposals that could reach the same goal.

Supporters say 35% of prospective companies decide not to move to the Silver State because of our education system.

But some businesses and lawmakers oppose the tax. And you can bet the bill will be scrutinized.

"It's going to take some convincing for me, to say the least. We have to take a look at it and see how it balances out with some of the other plans that are out there,” says Sen. James Settelmeyer.

It's likely the bill will face its biggest challenge in the Assembly where some conservatives have concerns with this tax.


Some lawmakers are coming up with alternate proposals and we should learn more about those in the coming weeks.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)