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January 25, 2010 / jimnv

State of the State Address

The governor announced today that he is planning a “special” State of the State address for February 8, 2010 at 6 p.m. to talk about the budget crisis. He will also call for a special legislative session which only he can do according to Nevada’s constitution. What needs to be worked out for the Special Session is the agenda and bills to be considered.

He says that “everything is on the table” including layoffs, more furloughs, cutting government hours and presumably cutting more state government services and programs. He also wants major reforms for the education system which takes about half of the general fund.

When a item such as eduction takes half of the general fund budget, it seems to me it should come up with at least half of the shortfall in the form of furloughs, layoffs  and cuts in services just like state employees.

I know, I know…. Nevada has the worst ranked educational system in the country with just 47 percent graduating and it can’t afford any cuts. The numbers are appalling but so are the budget shortfalls. This problem goes back decades. It is budget neglect by everyone in power who should have done something but did not. And it isn’t a partisan issue like many would have you believe.

The budget process and our taxing system do not work. I am asking everyone in the Legislature and the governor’s office to work it out, starting now. If this cannot be done, then every legislator and the Governor must resign immediately because  you have failed all Nevadans and are not worthy of the office you hold.

As for the rest of us, let’s keep the pressure on to make sure they “do something” this time.

Gov. Gibbons to deliver special State of State address“, Reno Gaz. Jr., January 25, 2010

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