(Mark Noonan) – From this morning’s Reno Gazette-Journal: “Hours before Tuesday’s start of a special session, legislative leaders failed to reach agreement Monday on how to plug the $880 million budget hole, continuing to discuss various measures that might make it into the final plan.”
It shouldn’t be possible for the legislative leaders to reach an agreement before the start of the special session. If they had, it would mean that a few elites would have met behind closed doors to work out a deal without public input and without real debate among our elected legislators. This is not the way a democratic republic is supposed to be governed.
But it is the way Nevada is governed.
And thus the $880 million budget shortfall – a shortfall which would have been taken in to consideration and dealt with last year had our legislators not been a mere rubber stamp for the Assembly and Senate leadership.
Real Assemblymen and Senators – real Nevadans who cared about the people and our State – would have not rested until the whole issue had been thoroughly debated with lots of public input and a real solution to the problem found.
As long as we have hacks looking out for themselves we will never be able to solve our State’s problems and restore it to greatness. We’ll just have to put up with the current crop, for now.
We can pretty much rely upon it that whatever comes out of our legislature will be (a) not a real solution and (b) will harm the people. But this November we have a chance to change things – to send people to Carson City who will care about the people, care about the State and who will do the people’s business, not the elite’s bidding.
(Mr. Noonan co-publishes Blogs for Victory)