Transparency an item for sale
by Metro PD’s officers union?

LVPPA agrees to equip all officers with body-worn
cameras — contingent upon salary increases

Transparency is a ripe issue these days. This is especially true for law enforcement.

So when Las Vegas Metro P.D. boasted of the collective bargaining agreement it recently brokered with its associated union, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, the deal was immediately branded as a win for transparency.

The occasion was the announcement of the newest, 3-year CBA, approved on September 26 by Metro’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs. The agreement includes a provision requiring all officers to be equipped with body cameras.

A move in the direction of transparency, no doubt. But as the saying goes, the devil is in the details.

A thorough review of the newly-approved CBA reveals that the LVPPA did not embrace the provision to equip all officers with body cameras with open arms. To the contrary, the police union refused to budge on the issue until Metro conceded to the union’s demands for additional salary increases.

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Updates to federal labor law
burden Nevada business anew

Some employees see new requirements as demoralizing demotions

Nowadays it seems the federal government’s intent on making owning and operating a business more difficult than ever.

And employers in Nevada are noticing the difference.

“It’s just a mess,” says one experienced business leader from Northern Nevada.

Updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) — changing rules when employers must pay overtime wages — are only the most recent in hundreds of regulations added by executive agencies during Obama’s presidency.

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Fiscal, Nevada, Transparency

Metro pushes for even more ‘More Cops’ taxes

Enlists powerful tourism committee in bid for higher, longer taxation

LAS VEGAS — To get Clark County voters to pass the 2004 “More Cops” sales-tax ballot measure, Metro’s then-sheriff and other local-government officials repeatedly and very publicly promised the funds would only be used to put more police on the street.

Nevada lawmakers early the next year made the same pledge and even wrote it into state law.

Ten years later, however, lawmakers and Metro both quietly, but explicitly, broke that promise.

The pledge was removed from state law and Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee was authorized to spend More Cops dollars, not for new hires but to meet other rising costs — such as record and rapidly escalating police retirement benefits.

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What happened to Metro's
‘More Cops’ promises?

Extra tax revenues channeled into bank, record-level pensions

Nevada’s shrinking labor force —
the view from inside small business

Labor force participation rate among Silver State youth lagging

Metro’s ‘More Cops’ spending policy unclear
even while agency pursues more funding

Despite multi-millions already on hand, LVMPD remains focused on money worries

Does Tahoe’s North Shore fit the profile
of a job-hungry, low-income community?

Assurances given lawmakers about offices’ locations
didn’t mention a $17-million Tahoe private mansion

Even fallback assurances from lobbyist
for NMTC ‘jobs’ program don’t check out

Tax-credit scheme passed by Nevada lawmakers has history of soaking taxpayers

At this rate, the State of Nevada will
have blown $112.5 million for zilch

Congressional candidate led Silver State legislature into financial ditch

Are you one of the millions of employees
who Obama wants punching time-clocks?

Flexible job-scheduling now at risk for many salaried Nevada workers

State gives GOED's favored few
'vouchers' redeemable for cash

'Transferable tax-credit' vouchers shift tax burden to everyone else

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