Open-records requests made of state agencies and local governments around Nevada reveal that wasteful government spending is rampant throughout the Silver State.
Further open records requests and audits have revealed that some local governments destroy their intergovernmental lobbying records so quickly that no public account remains to reveal exactly how taxpayer dollars are spent each year.
While public employees deserve a quality compensation package, many of them receive excessive pay and perks at taxpayer expense.
Many people think of outsourcing as a way to save on expenses by having help from outside firms that can do specialized jobs for less. When it comes to government in Nevada, however, outsourcing too often appears a way for the politically connected to pull in taxpayer dollars.
Subpar accounting practices in Nevada government make it difficult for taxpayers to learn how hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are spent.
State and local governments in Nevada spend millions each year lobbying other levels of the government, and taxpayers get little if anything in return.