Instead of addressing state’s problems lawmakers give us diversion

Football is, appropriately enough, a gladiatorial sport.

Nevada public school graduates scored worst in the nation on ACT tests, which measure college preparedness.

The state Supreme Court ruled the education savings accounts law, which would help students escape failing public schools, funding method was unconstitutional, but it was not urgent enough to consider in a special session of the Legislature.

Wild horses overpopulate the range and are running ranchers out of business.

Federal public land restrictions are hampering mining, ranching, oil and gas exploration and other economic uses.

Ten counties face monopolies and higher premiums and deductibles when it comes to access to ObamaCare.

Nevada needs to improve its transportation infrastructure and is asking voters in each county to allow fuel taxes to be indexed to inflation.

Nevada faces more than $40 billion in unfunded liabilities for public employee pensions.

The next biennium budget faces a $400 million shortfall in revenue even though lawmakers in 2015 raised taxes $1.5 billion, the highest increase ever.

So what do the governor and the state lawmakers do during this past week’s special session? They agree to spend $750 million in tax money to help build a football stadium for a billionaire casino owner and a billionaire NFL team owner.

On top of that the Nevada Department of Transportation says $900 million in road projects will be needed to be accelerated to accommodate the stadium traffic, which means $900 million in roadwork elsewhere will be delayed.

Instead of addressing the public service needs, they give us bread and circuses — without the bread.

13 comments on “Instead of addressing state’s problems lawmakers give us diversion

  1. John Smith says:

    Bread and Circuses

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. A.D. Hopkins says:

    Yep. Never let it be said the Legislature has its priorities straight.

  3. Bruce Feher says:

    Tom you’re to much of a gentleman to say this but I’m not; POLITICIANS DON’T GIVE A RATS ASS ABOUT THE PEOPLE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT
    There are over 511,000 elected officials nationwide and I doubt less than 1% care about anyone but themseleves!

  4. They care about being re-elected, but rely the voters to be too lazy to do due diligence.

  5. Doug Ansell says:

    $40 Billion, not million πŸ˜‰

    Sent from my MacBook Wheel

  6. Caught it shortly after posting, thanks, alert reader.

  7. Barbara says:

    The passage of the gross receipts tax showed that both parties dance to whatever tune the casino industry plays. Too bad the powers that be don’t believe in our founding principles or the concept of limited government and individual responsibility.

    The casinos want amnesty so they have an abundance of low wage workers hence Las Vegas is a sanctuary city. They wanted the expansion of medicaid and eventually single payer health care.

    I do not see a very bright future for the people of Nevada. I decided last year not to expand my business. I will hang on for a couple of more years, sell my business, and then vote with my feet to live elsewhere.

  8. This came as no surprise. I am proud of those who voted against it. Our rep voted for it as he did for Faraday Futures. He is not representing the people of Mesquite or Overton because we many times have to journey to Las Vegas and spend a night and we will be hit with this tax. If the economy takes a dive also someone is going to have to pick up the tab. Caving to unions and casinos is killing Nevada.

  9. Bill says:

    We long ago passed the point of no return of what the government should do. That is true of both the Federal and the States’ governments. We have been engaged in an ideological struggle over that role ever since the Great Depression. Few, if any can articulate it as such. Our nation was founded on the idea that governments derive their power from the people. It is now reversed to where people now must go to the government seeking its bounty. Not all who hold political office are bad but many are there for power and money not service.

  10. Rincon says:

    In government being there for power and money and not for service is condemned; in business, it is praised.

  11. deleted says:

    And Rincon don’t forget that it was conservatives who told us and continue to tell us, that the government should be run like a business. And also condemn anyone who would question the need for businessmen in political positions, in fact, they absolutely DEMAND that political positions have businessmen fill them.

  12. […] tapping the taxpayers for three-quarters of the tab and getting the state to make the estimated $900 million in road improvements needed to access the […]

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