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August 11, 2015 / jimnv

Jim Wells Won’t Go Away

The old news is that on March 2,2015, Governor Sandoval appointed Jim Wells the NV PEBP  executive director as the “Interim Director” of the Department of Administration. That interim appointment was made permanent on April 27, 2015.

Wells was the Executive Director of NV Public Employee Benefits (4 1/2 years) and worked for PEBP for about 7 1/2 years. Unfortunately, he is now in charge of the Department of Administration. I feel for the agencies/offices now under him.  These are: human resources/personnel, grant management, information technology, fleet services, purchasing, risk management, public works, buildings and grounds, internal audit, hearings and appeals, victims of crimes and library and archives.

As of July 16,2015, the PEBP Board unanimously selected Damon Haycock as its new Executive Director. The Interim Executive Director Kateri Carraher, said during Haycock’s review that the PEBP culture was not good at this time and the Board needed someone who would care about staff and provide leadership. Let’s hope so!

It seems the Board understood the incompetence of the old director.

Sandoval put him into an existing position (Director of the Department of Administration/Budget Director) with even more responsibility that is very troubling. Keeping him as the incompetent executive director of one agency and giving him a new job rewards incompetence. Who you hire reflects on what you are, Mr. Sandoval. Also, have you ever heard of the old maxim, “Past behavior predicts future behavior?”. You might check with personnel about that one.

What will Sandoval do when Wells fails at his new job? And he WILL fail.  I heard he already has!


June 9, 2015 / jimnv

Small Pay Raise Sent to Governor

AB 489 which gives state employees a meager 1 and 2 percent pay increase in the biennium was passed June 1, 2015 and then sent to Sandoval. He will probably sign it.

AB 489, Check it out on page 19,Section 7.

June 1, 2015 / jimnv

Pay Raises?

It is unknown at this moment whether AB 489 will be approved by the state Senate so it can be sent to the governor. (The legislature will close at midnight tonight) The bill would establish a new pay scale for unclassified employees and pay raises for  “regular” folks.

Part of the bill states this:

Sec. 3.
The approximate maximum salaries as set forth in 9 section 1 of this act must be increased by 1 percent effective on July 1, 2015, and 2 percent effective on July 1, 2016.

A total of 3 percent. Big deal. State employees (and University employees) have lost a lot more than that the past 8 years. Too much.

How about a 10 percent pay raise on July 1, 2015 and a COLA based on the Consumer Price Index every year starting July 1, 2016. The overall cost would be about $125 million starting July 1, 2015. State employees are worth more than that. They have lost more than that.

May 10, 2015 / jimnv

To Kirner…. We “get it” alright

The state assembly approved PERS’ budget last week. When asked for a comment about PERS, Randy Kirner, the ALEC shill as still arguing support for AB 190. NOTE: AB 190 would convert the PERS system to a hybrid one for new hires.

Kirner said he submitted an amendment to AB 190 to eliminate the PERS fiscal note. Apparently Kirner doesn’t like anyone stating the actual cost to implement his plan that is about $800 million dollars annually.

Kirner’s efforts to remove a fact-based fiscal note is unconscionable and politically lame but then we have Kirner.

After lying about PERS, Kirner ended his commentary by saying people who opposed AB 190 justdon’t get it“.

Oh, weget it” alright. We get that Kirner is a political hack who tries to get what he desires one way or another. Pitiful we have people like this in the legislature.

Unfortunately, Kirner may still be successful with AB 190. The session hasn’t ended.
May 5, 2015 / jimnv

It’s On ! Mayhem Momentum

The Economic Forum made its revenue predictions public May 1st. This the starting bell for completion of the current legislative session. From now until June 1st, legislators will be working furiously on the budget and other things. In this mayhem, many will insert a dead bill into one that is sure to pass. Think AB 190 the hybrid retirement nightmare. It could happen.

What to do? Not much. Mayhem momentum will take effect.

If this session is sane, that won’t happen but I have never personally seen a sane session. And have been looking at them since 1971.



May 4, 2015 / jimnv

State Employee Pay – Longevity Pay

State employees have not had longevity pay for many years, and now Sandoval wants to eliminate it.

State employees are still grappling with furloughs and stagnant pay and now face another permanent pay cut. Longevity pay was a type of bonus for long-term employees it was a way to reward long term service. It was also a way to acknowledge the value of long-term employees and how they save the state money because of their expertise. Merit pay varied from $150 (after eight years of service) to $2,350 per year after 30 years of service.

Apparently, no more.

What more do legislators expect from underpaid state employees? The state employee tax is alive and well and being permanently incorporated into our state budget system.


Nevada Legislature: Panel recommends elimination of state worker longevity pay


April 22, 2015 / jimnv

AB 190 is Still Alive!

AB 190 introduced by Randy Kirner is still alive.Though it seems unlikely it will be heard anymore there is ALWAYS a chance it could make it all the way through the legislature ready for Sandoval’s signature. I have seen this happen .. a lot especially near the end of Session

I found the NV PERS document about the cost to implement Kirner’s ALEC bill. Here it is: AB 190 Fiscal impact for NV PERS.

NV PERS Fiscal cost summary:

FY 2015/2016:  $808,804,566

FY 2016/2017: $790,173,006

All fiscal years after 2016/2017:  $751,929,898

This seems like a lot of money to me. I don’t know how Assembyman Kirner can ignore this.

All fiscal notes for AB 190:

City of Reno  (As Introduced)

Department of Administration  (As Introduced)

Local Government  (As Introduced)

Public Employees’ Retirement System   (As Introduced)

White Pine County School District  (As Introduced)




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