Salary Cuts at NSHE Actually Hikes

One of the most piercing of all sounds emitted by government is the collective shriek of the workforce at the Nevada System of Higher Education. They claim they’re actually having to take pay cuts as a result of Nevada’s shrinking population (and tax revenue).

While someday it might be true, it doesn’t appear to be true heading into the spring of 2010.

Most everyone agrees that the professors and teaching staff are enjoying a healthy increase in their income this year. It’s the “classified” staff that’s gaining …

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Delay of Game

UNLV officials strutted their stuff about town tonight. They were smug since they succeeded in hushing down plans to invest $14-million into a new “practice” facility for the basketball team until the Legislature finished its special session on how to deal with tax revenue falling short of targets.

The UNLV student government members who spent University dollars driving to and shacking up in Carson City to plead poverty at the Legislature must be terribly embarrassed.

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UNR Budget Cut Prompts Reno Newspaper’s Wild Exaggeration

The Reno Gazette Journal’s headline shouts: “UNR Eliminates 279 Jobs” but of course they are lying. If you read deep within Lenita Powers’ article, you’ll find the truth:

UNR paid 37 people extra to retire who wanted to retire anyway (1% of the workforce)
UNR didn’t extend the contracts of 37 employees (1.2% of the workforce) for whom there was no obligation to extend the contracts
The other 211 “employees”, were either not actually employees (just new people UNR hoped it might be able to hire) or …

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Not To Pick On UNR…

But the Reno Gazette Journal has put together some great information on Nevada’s northern campus. 16% of UNR’s total payroll cost taxpayers half of all the salary money spent. A higher percentage of employees make over $100,000 per year than almost any other governmental institution in the state.

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Recent University System Spending

University Chancellor Jim Rogers’ grandstanding aside, the one-third reduction of taxpayer funding for Nevada’s system of higher education proposes to roll the clock back five or six years on spending.

Here’s the 2001 Appropriations Report, and the 2007 Appropriations Report. Together, they show student enrollment increase in the last six years was about 13.4% at UNR, and about 20.1% at UNLV.

They also show In 2002-03 the budget for UNLV, for example, was $140,300,576 (Ed Sect. web page 30). Six years later the legislatively approved budget was …

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Bad Day To Be Jim Rogers

An immense amount of planning and forethought has been invested by Jim Rogers in convincing Nevadans that our government has been already cut to the bone. No, beyond! Any more will destroy the state!

It’s gotta hurt, then, to wake up and read the Nevada Controller’s legally-mandated report on actual taxing and spending. Last fiscal year, state government spending increased 4.5% (although revenue “plummeted” by 2%).

We start with a media account of the critical 2008 CAFR. The actual CAFR will follow in a few days.

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Nevada Government Economist Tells Half Truths

This morning’s Las Vegas Sun featured a guest column from state government economist Elliot Parker. In his column, Parker lays out his case for more tax hikes, which will be required to hire more government employees and give them higher wages. You can read his column here.

Parker’s column essentially says Nevada’s people have been terribly chinzy when it comes to funding government, particularly as compared to other states. It would be a mistake, he implies, to not raise taxes and further expand government.

As an economist, …

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UNLV vs. Rutgers

Here is an excellent article by the chair of UNLV’s Faculty Senate. Dr. Nasser Daneshvary responds to a social work professor who wrote a series of Sunday opinion articles portraying a dismal state of affairs and even darker future – unless Chancellor Jim Rogers gets his way and raises taxes.

Dr. Daneshvary agrees that UNLV is severely underfunded, but nevertheless has some shining areas of excellence.

Enrollment appears to be increasing in key areas.
Entrance standards were raised to a 3.0 high school GPA this fall.
UNLV was the …

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Dental School Roots Betrayed

UNLV’s Dental School was created on a promise – now proven false – that it would not cost Nevada taxpayers anything. Rebecca Ward from Dayton, NV, emailed legislators in 2005…

I am writing this e-mail to express my thoughts regarding the Dental School.  I am a retired State employee.  When the Dental School was first introduced to the legislators, I was the budget analyst in the Department of Administration who prepared the Executive Branch budget for the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy.

I will never …

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UNLV Diversity Office Very Expensive

So, folks, here’s the bone.

UNLV’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion is paid $163,000 per year. Tack on 30% in benefits, and you’re over $200,000. And that probably doesn’t include her government car. And she’s got a staff of three or four and a travel budget. To do what?

The Las Vegas Sun’s search engine offers several thoughts, but the first story that comes up suggests that “diversity” means applicants who don’t meet academic admission standards should be admitted anyway, if Dr. Clark approves of their …

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