The governor has said he wants “shared sacrifice,” but the Legislature could end up with an Animal Farm scenario in which all cuts are equal, but some cuts are more equal than others.
The governor is asking all counties to pay for a greater share of health services, but she said the two largest counties can shoulder that burden and rural counties cannot.
Despite this defense, budget cuts in rural counties worried Sandoval enough that he traveled to Elko this past Saturday to listen to concerns from county officials and state legislators.
“As long as we’re not taking more than their [urban legislators'] share, everyone is willing to do their part,” said Senate Minority Leader Mike Mc Ginness, R-Fallon. Just like in Congress, legislators will try to do what they can for their districts.
This time, though, that is less a matter of bringing home the bacon than it is of saving the farmhouse.
State entities, however, may have an monetary incentive to favor urban districts.
Centralizing services in cities could save money while reaching the majority of Nevadans.CARSON CITY – Nevada’s rural Republican legislators are struggling to defend the cuts to their communities in the governor’s budget.Democrats have been showcasing cuts to the rural counties in order to convince rural Republican legislators that a vote for tax increases is a vote to mitigate the harm to their districts.So far, these cuts have not pushed any rural Republicans to voice anything but support for Gov. “There’s nobody blinking, so to speak, from the rural areas about increasing taxes,” said Sen. Rural legislators say they understand they must share in the cuts, but that the cuts should be fair.For some Democrats, though, that means rural counties need to shoulder more of the burden.Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, here speaking before the Senate, has highlighted impacts of Gov. "I'm particularly concerned about the impact to the rural and underserved communities," he said today./PHOTO: Andrew Doughman, Nevada News Bureau This Monday, Assemblyman William Horne, D-Las Vegas, said that Washoe and Clark counties have to subsidize the rural counties.