By Chuck Muth
Rather than lay off non-essential government employees like everybody else back in March, Nevada Gov. Sisolak and the Democrats on the unconstitutional Interim Finance Committee (IFC) on Monday completely drained the state’s rainy-day fund of over $400 MILLION. And the robbers didn’t even wear face diapers!
Under these extraordinary circumstances, this decision should NOT have been made by only a handful of leadership-appointed legislators. If they wanted to suck the well dry, EVERY one of the 63 elected legislators should have made the decision and gone on record.
To their credit, the few Interim Finance Committee (IFC) (7 out of 20) on IFC voted against the raid. Observed Sen. James Settelmeyer… “Partisan vote in Interim Finance Committee to empty the whole rainy day fund of $401,186,220. No defined amount provided; they just want it all. No PLAN in March for reductions. No PLAN in April for reductions. No PLAN in May for reductions.” Of course not.
Sisolak’s had no plan for ANY of this — especially for dealing with the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans he’s put out of work and sent to the unemployment line. He’s been flying by the seat of his pants the whole way.
I guess the only silver lining here is that the longer Sisolak waits to make the unavoidable spending cuts, the bigger the spending cuts are going to be.
Hopefully that will mean fewer non-essential government inspectors and regulators to harass small business owners and taxpayers.
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Chuck Muth is president of CitizenOutreach.org and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. He blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.
By Chuck Muth