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February 17, 2011 / jimnv

Pathetic Response from Mr. Settelmeyer

Nevada voters overwhelmingly approved a minimum wage increase in 2004 and 2006 and by doing so, changed Nevada’s Constitution so the minimum wage is now $1 above federal minimum if no health insurance is provided.

Now, Senator Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City from Las Vegas, is proposing to repeal that by offering Senate Joint Resolution 2. Of course, the chambers of commerce in Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas which mainly represent casinos, the Retail Association of Nevada and the “Nevada Committee for Full Statehood” are supporting this effort.

Luckily the process to change the Constitution is lengthy and difficult and if the legislature decides to change it this year, they have approve it again 2013. After that, the proposal would be on the ballot for the next year.

During the hearing, Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, said “people have a right to vote again” after Danny Thompson of the Nevada State AFL-CIO said voters would keep the current minimum wage requirement.

Certainly, the “people have a right to vote again”, Mr. Settelmeyer but how many times do you want them to say it… again? And if Nevadans’ want to keep the Constitution the way it is in 2013 will you support yet another SJR to get what you and your business buddies want?  How many “votes of the people” are required when it doesn’t go your way?

Your argument and position is pathetic Mr Settelmeyer. Certainly, it is your “right” to keep challenging the will of the people but is it sane?  Your outburst shows how disconnected you and Mr. Hardy are from what Nevadans want and how clearly you support Nevada’s oligarchy where businesses and the rich rule.


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