Trying this out for the first time. The goal of this blog is to keep you informed of events as they happen in Carson City.
I am sitting in on the Assembly Taxation Committee as they hear a presentation from Josh Hicks, the Governor's Chief of Staff. The topic is the "revenue enhancements" that are included in the Gov's budget. One of these enhancements is a reallocation of property tax revenues from those counties to the state general fund.
The Governor's office has argued that given the salary disparity between local and state government employees, the counties have the option of cutting salaries like the Gov has proposed for state employees. Of course, it was pointed out that those local government salaries are collectively bargained and are locked into labor contracts.
While the Legislature sometimes pretends that its hands are tied in regard to local government salaries, it is the Legislature that created NRS 288. That piece of Nevada law requires our county, city, and school district governments to deal with public employee unions. Yet, the state has exempted itself from these shackles. It is no wonder that local government salaries are higher than the state.
The tax committees have stated publicly that they are on a search for cash. One place they could look are the bank accounts of our public employee unions.