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Which Ballot Initiatives Won and Why
Which Ballot Initiatives Won and Why

AIR DATE: November 13, 2012

Why did two iniatives to raise taxes to support libraries and schools in Nevada fail? Why did a similar initiative pass in California? We'll look at the politics behind ballot iniatives and why they struggle in Nevada.
Tom Fay, executive director, Henderson Libraries

Steve Sebelius, political columnist for the Review-Journal

Josh Goodman, staff writer, Stateline, a project of the Pew Center on the States
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    I'm familiar with both the CCSD and library district budgets, and I assure you that they both spend shockingly huge amounts of money either inefficiently, on total crap, or on unnecessary bureaucracy. Frankly, their budgets could be *cut* drastically and they would still have more than enough money fulfill their missions. And any administrator who thinks otherwise is either an idiot or a liar, period.
    Tom HurstNov 9, 2012 13:25:22 PM
    By all means there. Feel free to give specific example of where Henderson Libraries District (which is NOT part of Clark County) spends shockingly huge amounts of money inefficiently, on total crap, and on unnecessary bureaucracy. Henderson Libraries is my local Library and prior to voting I researched how they spend. This is one of the most fiscally responsible government agencies and is run& staffed by some of the most selfless employees I have ever seen. So please. Drop some specifics on where all of this spending is because the public record does not support that claim AT ALL.
    Katherine EsperoNov 9, 2012 14:11:15 PM
    I did not vote for the tax increase because my household can not afford another $100.00 a year, no it can not. I thought I would until I saw the debates and realized that the school dist. was not spending the money they had wisely. Cut some big Guys' salaries and pay for some maint. workers.
    Suzan D ReedNov 9, 2012 09:35:59 AM
    After thinking about it for weeks, I decided to vote against the School District's Capital Projects question for a few reasons. * I'm sick of the rancorous feud between the superintendent and the teachers. Rather than focusing on our children, both sides have used money as a weapon in their personal battles - consider the lawsuit from the teachers over pay or the Race to the Top application. Until they call a truce and work together, I'm not enthusiastic about giving them more money. * I consider building maintenance critical, but the plan also called for adding computers and similar tools to the classrooms and I questioned that. High tech tools like that must be regularly replaced and require an expensive staff of technicians to repair and maintain. This added ongoing expense shouldn't have been bundled with money needed to keep buildings open. We struggle to teach our children basic skills right now, without a real plan to improve student performance, I oppose just throwing money at high tech tools.
    JerryNov 9, 2012 09:32:46 AM
    I am from the midwest and we VALUE education over almost anything else. Nevadans do not seem to have these same values. This community is older and they do not seem to care about whether or not the youth are educated because they do not think it effects the. The extra money it costs us to have better structures for our children to learn in, the better the community will become. The extra money is nothing compared to how much money people spend on fast food and coffee. (I am older and do not have children in school here)
    kittyNov 9, 2012 09:32:06 AM
    Well the initiative demanded so much and gave so little most schools I know were'nt even included in the initiative.And we already had year round schools before what is the problem with having them again?
    JamesNov 8, 2012 11:08:57 AM
    I am not personally able to vote but everyone I knew who voted against that measure locally said they voted against it because the measure was not worded easily enough to understand. They said the language was confusing, and while they understood that it had something to do with funds for public schools, it was not clear exactly what that money would do. I have a feeling if the language was more clear that people would have voted for it.
    JuliaNov 8, 2012 09:42:33 AM
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