As the scheduled session of the biennial Nevada Legislature clanks toward the finish line, gushing smoke like the survivor of a relatively injury-free demolition derby, many in the media succumb to the temptation to sort personalities and programs into "winners" and "losers." ...

The winners, every time, are Nevada's government employees and the public sector; the real losers are the taxpayers who foot the skyrocketing bill. ...

When lawmakers finally lock down their spending plan for the coming two years, Nevada's budget will be set to grow an additional 16 percent, to an estimated $3.4 billion in 2009 -- not counting $400 million in surplus revenue targeted to "one-shot" construction projects.

The bureaucrats should be dancing in conga lines in Carson City. No need to ask them who "won."


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