WSJ: Sometimes Even The Journal Gets It Wrong

From the Wall Street Journal article titled: “States Take Aim At Medicaid”

Some states have capped enrollment, cut benefits and slashed services that aren’t specifically required by the federal government, such as home care for the disabled and vision and dental care. Others such as Nevada, with already-lean Medicaid programs, have resorted to across-the-board cuts in payments to hospitals and doctors. As it stands now, the stimulus legislation would require states to retain or restore Medicaid eligibility levels to those of July 1, 2008, but it …

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Rogers’ Sadness Permeates Nevada

Most of us Nevadans who have watched the exceedingly embarrassing behavior of Jim Rogers’ son Perry (here and here, look for the bad Mr. T impersonator) sadly shake our heads, agreeing that it is not fair for parents to be held to the ethical lapses of their children, no matter how profound. On the other hand, they’re all looking to Jim for ethical cues.

And then Jimbo himself embarrasses all Nevadans with this:

Jim Rogers Owes Every Nevada Parent an Apology

Tax Creators v. Tax Consumers

This chart, published yesterday on economics professor Mark Perry’s website, highlights how unusual the past few years has been for America.

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Housing Authority Overhead Detailed

Nearly 250 bureaucrats make great livings in Southern Nevada helping people who are down-and-out get free or reduced rent from the government. There’s talk of trying to consolidate multiple agencies, but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

It sure does seem like if you ask the government to do something, the largest possible percentage always gets skimmed off the top.

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Budget-sky Continues To Fall

Tragically, Nevada’s local media continues to report falsely on the “cuts” to Nevada’s budget. They’ve got the same web tools as everyone else, and the freedom from space constraints that used to be their excuse for unclear reporting, yet they steadfastly refuse to show how they calculate the “30%” and “50%” cuts in their reports.

The reason is their calculations are wrong, or in some cases, they are fiction.

Thanks to Patrick Gibbons over at NPRI for this post today, which offers citizens links to source documents …

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Food Stamp Fraud On The Rise?

Michigan, Oregon, California, Oklahoma, and those are just in the first two weeks of 2009.

Here’s the website for Nevada’s food stamp fraud police.

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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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LV Sun Poll: Raise taxes or reduce spending?

Here’s your chance to be heard:

http://www.lasvegassun.com/polls/2009/

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NPRI Prints The List

When government takes money, it does so a little bit per taxpayer. When it spends money, it does so a lot per recipient. That’s why those who govern always find it easier to raise taxes than slow the rate of increase in government spending – there’s less complaining.

A rarity in the debate is an actual list of places to cut spending. Such a list was released this week over at the Nevada Policy Research Institute. Here it is.

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You Can Lead A Professor To Information, But…

A UNR professor named Eliott Parker has emerged as the latest advocate of raising taxes rather than keeping spending flat or slightly reduced.  Over the past month, he’s published advocacy essays in the Las Vegas Sun, while I’ve posted rebuttals both in the Las Vegas Review Journal and online at NevadaTaxpayer.com.

In Dr. Parker’s latest, he offers this bit of contradictory testimony:

Regarding how our state and university benefits compare to those of other states, I don’t yet have a consistent set of data on this, but …

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