Lawmakers cut millions from education and healthcare to appease politically connected unions

Michael Schaus & Robert Fellner
Nevada Policy Research Institute

July 19, 2020

Nevada lawmakers have put the concerns of politically connected government unions over those of taxpayers, students and at-risk Nevadans.

Rather than restoring funding to education and healthcare services, the Legislature instead chose to put roughly $40 million back into the pockets of state government workers by reducing the number of furlough days and pay freezes initially proposed by Governor Sisolak.

The Legislature’s preferential treatment of state workers, at the expense of other public services such as education and health care, cannot be explained on legitimate public policy grounds given state workers already enjoy disproportionately high compensation levels.

In 2018, the average state worker in Nevada received $87,925 in total compensation, according to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That amount was higher than what the average state worker in 42 other states received, and 4th highest after adjusting for the different price levels between the 50 states.

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“Rather than restoring funding to education and healthcare services, the Legislature instead chose to put roughly $40 million back into the pockets of state government workers by reducing the number of furlough days and pay freezes initially proposed by Governor Sisolak.”

Michael Schaus & Robert Fellner, NPRI  

EDITORIAL: Minimum wage increase hits businesses when they can least afford it

Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 17, 2020

Nevada recently had the highest unemployment rate in the nation. That’s an inopportune time to raise the minimum wage.


 

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