Please submit your ideas as to how we can help balance the budget. Every suggestion can help and add up. Also go to the Legislature’s website to send ideas.
1. Reduce out of state travel in all agencies. Start by elminating such travel for the governor and his staff then apply it to all of his appointees.
2. Provide a financial incentive to agencies which reduce travel expenditures.
1. The Federal government has a program called State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). It makes payments to states and counties for costs associated with incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens. Make certain the amounts money the Federal government promises to pay is actually paid. The State Department of Prisons was supposed to get $3,415,645 in 2008. Did that happen?
1. Review the need for and use of cell phones, blackberries and other portable devices especially if employees have more than one of them.
1. Give cash buyouts to participants in PEBP who agree to be covered under a spouse’s or domestic partner’s health insurance.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
1. After an on the job injury requiring immediate medical care the employee must be tested for drugs and alcohol. Any employee found impaired must be denied workers compensation coverage.
2. Anyone working in the highway right-away as part of their regular duties must be part of the random drug and alcohol testing program. The right of way is a dangerous area and mistakes can cost the lives of the public and co-workers.
3. All Legislators must be tested for drugs and alcohol at random points during the Session. First at the beginning and twice during the session.
4. Pre-employment drug testing must be required of all new hires starting in July 2009.
1. Raise the mining tax on gold mining operations from the current half a percent to 5 percent. Eliminate the current deductions they can take and tax the net income.
1. Poorly operating casinos are a drag to the local economy. It is best to keep the number of casinos limited to protect well run and profitable ones and save jobs. Suspend the liceses of poorly performing casinos.
2. Raise Gaming taxes 1 percent a year for three years starting in 2010.
3. Raise the slot machine and games taxes by $25 for each of three years starting July 1, 2009.
1. Charge a fee of $25 to all drivers who must take a driving test for their license. If they fail three times, then they have to pay the fee again.
2. I heard that companies that teach people to drive send employees to DMV offices and pick up as many drivers manuals they want… for free. It seems they should pay for them. Nevada should not subsidize a particular business at taxpayers expense. However, Nevada does subsidize casinos and mining companies with ridiculously low taxes. That should change too.
State Supreme Court
1. Make the Nevada Supreme Court self supporting. Their budget should be separate and apart since that;s is how they see themselves already. Besides the state Constitution says they are separate. They can increase fees for those admitted to the bar, charge for certification to appear before them, charge for documents they must provide, etc.
2. The Supreme Court judges need to give back the substantial raise they received January 1, 2009.
3. After the state Supreme Court makes a decision they send out copies of it in paper form to every attorney of record. This process takes lots of staff time, paper and postage. How about having them post decisions only on their website? If attorneys or anyone else wants a paper copy then they can pay for it. There could even be a subscription service for those not willing to download the decisions from the website.