Support Down But Still Strong For Nevada Teachers' Tax Plan

A poll found support for a casino tax increase plan has dropped in recent months, but Nevadans by a 2-to-1 margin still back the teachers union proposal to raise such taxes to pay help for schools.

Sixty-two percent of respondents in the survey conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal favored a Nevada State Education Association petition calling for increasing the state casino tax rate, now 6.75 percent, to 9.75 percent in 2011.

The higher tax would apply to casinos earning more than $1 million a month in gambling revenue.

The tax plan was opposed by 27 percent of respondents in the telephone survey conducted last week by Washington, D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. Eleven percent said they were undecided.

The results compared with 76 percent support in a Review-Journal poll in October, and 68 percent support in a poll last month.