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August 7, 2010 / jimnv

What Sandoval Really Means

On August 7th, Sandoval opened a Republican campaign office in Reno and said he would balance the budget without raising taxes. He said he would reduce spending to do this and it would be done without massive layoffs or reducing services to the vulnerable.

What he means is this:

A cross the board and permanent state employee pay-cut of at least 5 percent or possibly a cut of 8 to 10 percent phased in over two years.

He  will keep the furlough system and increase the number of days, possibly to 2 a month or more if the situation requires it.

There will be some layoffs, possibly several hundred but they will be used more a s a threat  if he doesn’t get his way on pay cuts and furloughs.

He will demand a reduction in the state’s  health plan subsidy which means an employee’s monthly premiums will be in the hundreds of dollars.

All this would save maybe 1.5 billion dollars in the biennium with 1.5 billion more to save. Of course, most of this would have to be approved by the legislature.

I think he believes balancing the budget on the backs of state employees is a viable plan. I hope I am wrong about all of this.

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  1. Mary Kate / Aug 24 2010 2:41 am

    Wake up you greedy bastard! The rest of pay “hundreds” of dollars in health care insurance every month. 1 in 5 of us in Nevada is now unemployed. You have the best benefits in the state.

    Go get a new job if it is so bad working for the state. The state of Nevada is practically bankrupt and you are wining that you, like everybody else, might have to finally kick in for your health insurance?

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