By: Mark Hyman
Nevada’s Clark County is like so many other state and local governments. They’ve been irresponsible with the taxpayers’ money. Now, they’re facing a spending crisis.
The school district may have to cut more than 1,400 positions for next year — including 1,000 teachers. But officials in Clark County — home to Las Vegas — can only blame themselves for getting into this mess.
We examined just three government professions and how much they were paid in salary and benefits last year. These were: prosecutors, Justices of the Peace, and fire fighters.
Dozens of prosecutors received more than $100,000; five made more than a quarter of a million dollars; and one made nearly $500,000.
Justices of the Peace had similar salaries. Twenty-three were paid more than $100,000; eight were paid were more than a quarter of million dollars; and one received more than $300,000.
And by scheduling sick days months in advance, fire fighters milked overtime and call-backs boosting salaries to ridiculous levels.
More than 800 received $100,000; 200 got more than $200,000 and 41 were paid $250,000 or more.
Fortunately, this can be turned around in Clark County.
And everywhere else.
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Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.