Tag Archives: Nevada

Clamping down on consultants

 Source:By David McGrath Schwartz, Cy
(NV), Fri, May 8, 2009


Assemblywoman Debbie Smith wants
stricter oversight of state government consultants. The Reno Democrat has
sponsored legislation, Assembly
Bill 463
, to require that current state employees undergo a one-year cooling
off period before seeking work as a consultant. It would also require detailed
reports on the use of consultants by state agencies and require the state
auditor and controller to audit the state’s use of consultants.

…… Smith has the
support of the Nevada Taxpayers Association and American Federation of State, County and Municipal
.  Dennis Mallory, representing AFSCME, said, “It’s staggering how much
money is wasted.”


State may privatize mail service

Source: The Associated Press (NV), 10/28/2008 11:46:29 AM PDT

Nevada’s longtime state mail delivery service could by next year become a private operation, eliminating 21 government jobs and saving up to $400,000 a year. State Budget Director Andrew Clinger said an analysis is under way to firm up the potential savings of privatizing the state mail system. If the numbers pencil out with the vendor selected by the state for detailed negotiations on a contract, it will become part of Gov. Jim Gibbons’ budget for consideration by the 2009 Legislature. Clinger, who declined to identify the Reno-based vendor by name, said the plan would be to phase in the privatization effort beginning in July 2009.

State mulls mental health fix: Privatizing

Source: By Cy Ryan, Las Vegas Sun (NV), Wed, Jun 4, 2008

With Nevada facing a potential 14 percent budget cut, the state is considering the possibility of turning all or part of its mental health system over to private companies to reduce costs. Gov. Jim Gibbons and Mike Willden, director of the state Health and Human Services Department, have met with companies possibly interested in running the system.

BUDGET FALLOUT: Toll road plan OK'd / Lawmaker approval still needed to establish pilot project


Traffic travels on U.S. 95 south from the Ann Road overpass Thursday. The Nevada Transportation Board endorsed a proposal to make lanes on part of U.S. 95 and Interstate 15 toll lanes with private financing paying for the project.
Photo by Craig L. Moran

CARSON CITY — A proposal to allow for privatized toll lanes in Las Vegas as a way to help reduce a huge funding shortfall for Nevada highway projects was endorsed Thursday by the Nevada Transportation Board.

Gov. Jim Gibbons, the board chairman, joined with other panel members at the meeting to back the 19-mile demonstration project. Gibbons opposes higher taxes, but a spokesman said after the meeting that the voluntary freeway toll doesn’t clash with his anti-tax philosophy.

The pilot project, which requires approval from the 2009 Legislature, would be on Nevada’s busiest stretches of road: U.S. Highway 95 to Interstate 15, and I-15 south to Interstate 215.

Nevada study group pushing for private toll roads

Source: Landline Magazine, December 18, 2007

In hopes of tapping into public-private partnerships to build highways in Nevada, a special panel created by the governor has decided to call on state lawmakers to make it happen.

The study committee, created by Gov. Jim Gibbons, recommended asking the Nevada Legislature to authorize pursuing deals with private groups to build highways.