‘Streamlining the process’ of police union negotiations and tax collections?


A last-minute amendment adopted in Carson City late last week by the Senate Government Affairs Committee would allow the union that represents Metro police to negotiate wage and benefit contracts directly with the Clark County sheriff, shutting out Clark County commissioners, Las Vegas City Council members, and their representatives.

You know: the people elected by the voters to keep a rein on municipal spending.

Detective David Kallas, chief Carson City negotiator for the Police Protective Association, introduced the amendment, explaining the change would “eliminate layers of bureaucracy that’s an impediment from coming up with a deal.”

(Let’s not forget that Detective Kallas is the spokeperson for the police union who told us, six years back, that he saw no problem with the killers of unarmed suspect Orlando Barlow -- shot dead with an AR-15 rifle by one of the “Southwest 11” Metro cops who surrounded him as he kneeled with his hands up in a Las Vegas front yard -- adopting and wearing T-shirts emblazoned with an image of an AR-15 and the letters “BDRT.” The modified M-16 rifle is merely “a tool of our trade,” Mr. Kallas explained, while “BDRT” stood for “Big Dogs Run Together” -- not the rumored “Baby’s Daddy Removal Team.”)
 
This fiscally homicidal scheme would remove any “natural predator” from the process of cops handing each other raises -- even the minimal safeguard of today’s all-Democratic, all-pro-union Clark County Commission worrying they MIGHT not be re-elected if they handed the cops and firefighters so much loot there’d be nothing left to mow the grass. It’s precisely the kind of thing old Carson City hands would expect a union lobbyist to try to sneak into the budget at the last minute. The question is why state senators -- grown-ups who should know better -- would fall for it.

Why, because the new plan would “streamline that process,” explained Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, at right, late last week.

It sure would. But why stop there, Mr. Horsford?

The cops have guns, after all. Why not let them COLLECT the taxes, take out whatever they “need,” and hand over whatever’s left to the County Commission? Eliminating separate "tax collectors" to INDIRECTLY finance the police payroll would be MUCH more efficient.

For that matter, if you REALLY want to make things “streamlined,” why bother negotiating any fixed “wages and benefits” for cops, at all? If a police officer has a $4,000 mortgage payment due tomorrow, why shouldn’t he just be allowed to dart out from ambush, pull over his next four highway tax victims ... er, “offenders,” and tell them, “It’s your lucky day. If I run you into jail you could lose your job, and thousands in attorney fees. But instead, I’m just going to follow you over to that ATM, you’re going to hand me a thousand bucks, and you can be on your way. That’ll just leave me looking for three more ‘offenders’ before the end of my shift.”

Once we start down the path to getting things “streamlined,” Mr. Horsford, eliminating “impediments to coming up with a deal,” it’s amazing how many needless bureaucratic encumbrances we can eliminate.


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