A million here, a million there, pretty soon it adds up

On Friday, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill that increases the pay raises of state workers from the 2 percent a year he had proposed to 3 percent.

Previous stories indicated the 2 percent raises would cost $100 million over the next two years, so the increase should add more than $50 million to the budget when compounding is included.

Now, how much the governor seek for those education savings accounts before throwing in the towel? Oh yes, $60 million, half of what was really needed to fund those who had already signed up. Couldn’t find the scratch for that.

Sandoval tweeted:

8 comments on “A million here, a million there, pretty soon it adds up

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    One of the ways they find money is to fire employees with 8 years of service who have a medical issue.

  2. Athos says:

    Politics corrupts human beings. Our founding fathers knew this and wrote the constitution with this in mind.

  3. For those with WSJ access this is a good piece about how the Founders’ tried to wrest power from the administrative state, but how both the left and right are letting the bureaucrats run roughshod over our rights.


    Unelected bureaucrats not only write their own laws, they also interpret these laws and enforce them in their own courts with their own judges. All this is in blatant violation of the Constitution, says Mr. (Philip) Hamburger, 60, a constitutional scholar and winner of the Manhattan Institute’s Hayek Prize last year for his scholarly 2014 book, “Is Administrative Law Unlawful?” (Spoiler alert: Yes.)

    “Essentially, much of the Bill of Rights has been gutted,” he says, sitting in his office at Columbia Law School. “The government can choose to proceed against you in a trial in court with constitutional processes, or it can use an administrative proceeding where you don’t have the right to be heard by a real judge or a jury and you don’t have the full due process of law. Our fundamental procedural freedoms, which once were guarantees, have become mere options.” ​

    In volume and complexity, the edicts from federal agencies exceed the laws passed by Congress by orders of magnitude. “The administrative state has become the government’s predominant mode of contact with citizens,” Mr. Hamburger says. “Ultimately this is not about the politics of left or right. Unlawful government power should worry everybody.”

  4. Steve says:

    Here is an example of Administrative Law in action.

  5. Thanks for the alt. post Steve…

  6. Rincon says:

    Most administrative law comes from Congress passing laws couched in vague terms allowing bureaucrats to interpret as they please. Case in point: The Americans with Disabilities Act specified only “reasonable accommodations and defined disabilities loosely”. The bureaucrats added all of the specifics. Legislators are so busy campaigning, they don’t bother with specificity.

  7. deleted says:

    Rincon you will note of course, that the Constitution is written in similarly broad strokes and for good reason; the agencies charged with regulating various aspects of this country’s conduct are presumed to have far greater knowledge of the practical realities of their areas of expertise and to try and legislate each minute detail of the how’s and whys of legislation and the level of Congress is would not only be difficult it wouldn’t be good.

    But the bureaucracies aren’t out making regulations without restriction. Their regulations must legally be consistent with the statutory framework AND they are required to go through a regulatory rule making process that requires input from the stakeholders and the public.

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