These are certainly two words I'd rather not hear or see in print. I am 100% convinced that our government in Nevada is wasteful. I'm not talking about just a little overly ambitious with spending. I'm talking blatantly and overtly irresponsible. I understand what it's like to live within your means. I grew up in a working-class family (albeit I always had what I needed for food, shelter, clothing, etc.) and am raising my own now, and we understood then and understand now the word, "budget." We don't spend or use credit on leisure activities, eating out, vacations, and big-ticket items only to scramble at the end of month--frantic about how we're going to pay the mortgage or knock out the electric bill. RESPONSIBLE people budget for the ESSENTIALS first! Why does our federal and state government not believe in that principle? It's pretty basic. In other words, how do we "budget" our state's money so poorly, that every 2 years or so, we are BOMBARDED by calls to action---calls to raise the state sales tax, or a new cigarette tax, or a modified business tax increase, or a commerce tax? We are always GUILTED into these by the power-that-be saying in so many words, "if we don't get more money, our schools will fail, or we won't have enough police officers!" I do not believe this is by accident. The power-brokers enjoy this leverage over Nevadans.
For years now, we're told that business are not coming here because our schools are failing or crime is too high,etc. But look at what attracts industry to Nevada----tax incentives! Reprieve from regulations. Faraday did not decide to establish operations here because we jumped from 48th to 47th in public school testing. They came because of the friendly tax and regulation environment.
Also, have you ever wondered why our Nevada Constitution has a provision banning a state lottery? Ever thought about getting that changed? I sure have, and electing other like-minded legislators to Carson City just might be what it takes to happen.