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Your Tax Dollars at Work??
by Knight Allen, Director of Legislation
Originally published on August 08, 2013 - reprinted with permission

    The “Great Recession’ started towards the end of 2007 and ran through the middle of 2009. We have been in recovery (you should excuse the expression) ever since. Every year the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation issues the “Covered Employment and Payrolls” report. It is, far and away, the most broad based and accurate picture you can get. So, for your information:

Clark County Year End 2007 through Year End 2012

     Wages
Private Sector $41,399 to $41,681     ±0
State Government $46,187 to $44,041     <5% 
Local Government $49,488 to $54,587    +10%

    There is something very, very wrong with a compensation system that allows local government to come through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression with a standard of living 10% higher than it was when the recession began. Even state government took a hit but not the locals. As you can see, private sector wages have stagnated while local government has enjoyed the 10% increase and now has an average wage 30% higher than the private sector. We are living in a time when it simply doesn’t matter what is happening to the people, government is going to keep demanding, and getting, more.

    Over a hundred years ago the people struggled under the monopolies of that era. Today it isn’t US Steel, Inc. or Standard Oil, Inc. beating the population down. It’s Government, Inc. It’s the Firefighters, Inc.; the Police, Inc.; AFSCME, Inc.; the NSEA, Inc. (with its 800 million dollar a year tax con that will be on the ballot in 2014). Today’s monopolies are far more dangerous because they are inside of government and the relationship between them and the elected officials has become so incestuous and so powerful no one dares challenge it. Where are today’s Teddy Roosevelt’s? Absolutely nowhere to be found.

    I’m willing to opine right now, more than a year before the 2014 elections there won’t be one “viable” candidate from either major party willing to make opposition to the NSEA, Inc.’s $800 million a year tax rip off a core part of their campaign. Why not? A: Because they can’t articulate the many things that are so bad about it and B: They’re terrified they’ll be painted as anti-education when in fact the best thing that could happen to education in Nevada is to have the NSEA, Inc.‘s ballot question crushed.

    We live in interesting times, don’t we?

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