Lifestyles of the county employed

Patrick Gibbons

*With a special episode featuring Clark County employees.

Clark County needs to cut $120 million from its budget. With an average employee salary and benefits package of $90,000 a year, it would need to fire 1,334 employees to make up the difference.

Another tactic could be to slash longevity pay, a bonus paid to old government workers which totaled $44 million last year. Longevity pay also increases the pension amounts when the workers retire and is cumulative with overtime pay as well. There is no need for this type of bonus. In fact, government workers should only be paid based on the quality of their work, not because they’ve worked for the government a long time.

Read more at the Las Vegas Sun.