The Disaster of Government Employee Unions

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 26, 2012

The City ofNorth Las Vegashas declared itself an economic ?disaster area.?

?We are in a fiscal emergency,? City Council Member Wade Wagner told the Washington Post. ?North Las Vegas is ground zero ? for foreclosures in the nation?. So because our property taxes have declined so much, we really had to invoke this [emergency statute].?

Like many other municipalities, North Las Vegasspends most of its tax funding (66 percent) on ?public safety? ? meaning the police and fire department.  Absent the emergency declaration, mandatory police and fire union pay increases would mean gutting other services.  The city suspended its union contracts with the police and fire department on June 15. The police union has filed suit against the city government to prevent layoffs.

Thanks to the intervention of Sen. Harry Reid, the Justice Department?s Community Oriented Policing Services program (COPS) has announced a $1.75 million grant to the North Las Vegas Police Department.  This money will go to pay the partial salaries of 14 officers ? if the city government can wrangle $3.2 million in matching funds.

What this means is that residents will pay more for a "local" police force that is effectively controlled byWashington, and entirely unaccountable to them.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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