WEEKLY EDITORIAL RECAP

THURSDAY

DEAL ON STATE BUDGET

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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