Illinois is Cool

Desperate to reassure America that Obama is still Cool, USA Today has put together this statistical analysis of government corruption by state. Not only is Obama’s state cool, so is ours!

The analysis does not account for population growth curves. Thus, the Clark County Commission’s group conviction for crimes committed ten years ago when Nevada’s population was much smaller are not weighted in USA Today’s crimes-per-hundred-thousand-residents. In other words, those commissioners represented many more convictions per capita back when they were convicted than they do today.

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Henderson Budget Cuts

Although Henderson elected officials complained of cutting budgets just last week, this week they were flush enough to expand their already-expansive legislative lobbying effort by a quarter-million dollars.

Local governments in Nevada spend lavishly to lobby the legislature.

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Judge Reduces Education Funding

Las Vegas Judge Valorie Vegas has awarded $340-thousand to a company who lost a school district contract. The company provided online classes and tests that teachers could take to get raises, but lost the contract after school district administrators decided the classes were too easy. It’s feelings hurt, it sued. Judge Vegas gave them the money – right out of our classrooms.

The school district is suing, according to coverage in the Review Journal.

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Revenue Forecasting for Nevada’s State Government

Prior to the 1980’s, the Nevada Legislature approached spending with a measured, responsible eye. Over a couple of years back then, it converted to push hard for more and more spending every session. This attitude was not a function of Nevada’s growth rate, which has run at a constant rate since the 1960s.

During the late 80s and early 90s, the Legislature’s zeal to spend led to an embarrassing series of “budget cuts” caused by the Legislature’s aggressive forecasts of revenue. They planned unrealistic increases in …

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Nevada Legislature Special Session

The Nevada Legislature reduced their plans to increase spending by $73-million dollars, but squeezed savings accounts and borrowed money in order to increase spending by another $267-million dollars during a special session Monday.

Here’s coverage from the Review Journal.

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Imaginary Budget Cuts

When a Nevada political leader tells you that we’re facing 30% budget cuts, you can be sure that they are an employee, contractor or other direct beneficiary of government spending. Because it’s just not true.

Here’s a great post from NPRI showing the reality of Nevada’s taxes, including the latest projection:

YEAR

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

% Change

31.7%

14.1%

11.5%

2.8%

-2.9%

-9.1%

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Las Vegas Convention Authority Controls Lax

The Nevada Policy Research Institute Thursday turned up the heat on the public agency charged with promoting Las Vegas, alleging the agency has a culture of lax oversight, overly cozy relationships with contractors and spends tax dollars on luxuries such as fine food and wine for officials. NPRI bundled its allegations with thousands of pages of public documents from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the agency it accuses of playing fast and loose with the taxpayers’ money.

Here’s the scoop from the Las Vegas …

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Nevada Budget Woes Not Unusual

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is one of three “legislative” trade associations that Nevada taxpayers pay a half-million per year for our legislators to belong to (and to luxuriously convene for a couple of times a year, in usually exotic locations).

NCSL just published data showing how each state compares in the category of budget deficits.

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Convention Bureaucrat Donates Public Money to Colorado Charity

Thanks to Rossi Ralenkotter’s generosity with funds from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the National Jewish Medical and Research Center sold a $25,000 sponsorship to its banquet held May 10 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas — to Nevada taxpayers!

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