Private sector Peter robbed to pay public sector Paul

The Legislature did it. The Republican-majority body approved the tax hikes for the Republican governor to give more money to the public school system and give across-the-board raises of 3 percent to state public employees.

When you couple the $1.3 billion per biennium general fund spending the with school bond rollover approaching $4 billion over the next decade that taps every household budget in Nevada for more than $1,000 a year to give to government instead of pay the rent. And that assumes no more tax hikes in the next 10 years — a most unlikely assumption. This means the percent of state GDP going to government will increase and money available for business-growing investment will decrease.

Pay no attention to the fact the average private sector Nevada worker, according the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, had an increase in pay from 2013 to 2014 of only $11 — from $826 to $837 — while the average state employee had an increase of $15 — from $919 to $934.

Of course, 10 years from now we will be able to look back and determine finally that all the additional education funding did nothing whatever to improve education, any more the increases over the past decade have. What do they call doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome?

And you thought your vote counted?

The taxes will raise not nearly what is projected and the money will already be spent, so be ready for the upward spiral to continue — or downward spiral in terms of disposable income for private sector workers and retirees on fixed incomes. Businesses don’t pay taxes. Households do. This is pure redistributionism.

Governor’s cronies outline tax plans. (R-J photo)



19 comments on “Private sector Peter robbed to pay public sector Paul

  1. Patrick says:

    Tom isn’t it just a little disingenuous to state the tax increase as somehow relative to the cost for individual citizens?

    Since individual citizens are not picking up this tab, how can information about how much the tax will raise “per household” be relavant?

    Seems that the better, more appropriate argument, is what impact the tax might have on businesses, or small businesses, or even maybe the customers of those businesses. But this comparison really is in apposite.

  2. Barbara says:

    Not one Republican elected to office ran on a platform of raising taxes. I think the only appropriate response from the electorate is the same as was given to Dan Rostentowski.

  3. Patrick says:

    Never seen a commercial for Coke that tells you that it eats the enamel off your teeth, or one for automobiles that shows how much exhaust is pumped into the atmosphere while you cruise down the road, or any alcohol commercials that detail the damage people do to their lovers when they drink.

    Shocker that in today’s world, where the mere mention of raises taxes carries with it the irrational response in the voting public that it does, that people trying to sell themselves to the voters, don’t mention that the government actually runs on tax dollars.

  4. Patrick says:

    Ah…that’s “livers” not lovers, although….

  5. Barbara says:

    I have a choice as to what I drink, whether I buy or ride in an automobile, and whether I drink alcohol. One cannot refuse to pay taxes without suffering adverse consequences. The shocker is that every single Republican, including Sandoval, campaigned against the very tax they turned around and passed. This wasn’t just a tax increase. It was planned betrayal and deception.

  6. Bruce Feher says:

    Nevada has a Republican majority?

  7. Patrick says:

    Barbara: you’re choice was to vote for whomever you thought would make the best representative, just as your choice was to purchase whatever product you believe best suited your desire. As with any choice however, there are always unknowns, and I doubt seriously that you’d label Coke as “traitors” or “betrayers” because they didn’t include the fact that their product didn’t include all the downsides in their promotions that were used to get you to make them your choice.

  8. Barbara says:

    Just as there are truth in advertising laws, politicians should be held accountable for their words. Coke cannot advertise something blatantly false knowing it is false at the time it is making the statements. This is called fraud. Politicians who came out against a gross margins tax and the “sunset” taxes and then turned around and support the same are certainly guilty of gaining office by deception.

  9. William (Bill) Shuster says:

    The whole thing in Carson City has left me sick. Except for a very few, we need to replace them all!

  10. Patrick says:


    Well, I’m assuming that voting is the check but I also suggest that no one could prove that a promise made on the campaign trail was knowingly false.

    Course, “truth in advertising laws” don’t prevent Coke, and any other business, from NOT telling their customers all the downsides of their products, and given your typical stance, I don’t believe you’d be in favor of the government forcing them to.

  11. Rincon says:

    “…he average private sector Nevada worker, according the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, had an increase in pay from 2013 to 2014 of only $11 — from $826 to $837 — while the average state employee had an increase of $15 — from $919 to $934.” More than a quarter of all Nevada private nonfarm employees work in the leisure and hospitality industry, which includes maids, janitors, receptionists, etc. It’s a pretty low pay industry. Is it fair to compare state salaries to hotel and casino salaries?

  12. Steve says:

    Rincon, you should know that Nevada State employees are not allowed to unionize. Hospitality employees are union in large part.
    Local and county public employees are allowed to join unions and they reap those benefits with wild aplomb.
    So, no. Comparing STATE employees with private employees in Nevada is not fair…and yet state employees still do better than the union represented private sector hospitality employees….though I know a few bartenders who probably live better than you do as a veterinarian!

  13. Rincon says:

    Thank you Steve. And I’m sure that most of the bartenders’ earnings go unreported.

  14. Steve says:

    RAWNG! In fact, when the IRS started “estimating” those tips you refer, they and cocktail waitresses began receiving paychecks with negative balances.
    Everything has been brought under the watchful eye of the central government. Vegas is now only a name. The place is no more.

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  16. Rincon says:

    That’s one of the many flaws inherent in using income taxes for such a large part of our federal budget. Such a large tax creates a great temptation to reduce the bill by illicit means. Tips will inevitably be unreported, but estimating them is so inaccurate as to be ridiculous. Either way, it’s unfair.

  17. Steve says:

    In the environment under discussion, there are cameras everywhere and tips are pooled, counted by the employer and reported to the IRS.
    Then that money is shared among the workers.
    This is not fair because it rewards those who do not work for the tip money with tip money from those who do work for it.

    Of course,,,,”fairness” is not guaranteed by the Constitution. “Fairness” is yet another liberal myth.

  18. Rincon says:

    So bartending in casinos is a lot different than in the corner bar. I KNEW they weren’t in the real world 🙂

    Fairness is not a Liberal myth; it’s a Liberal ideal. As a Conservative, it sounds as if perhaps you ignore such a concept.

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