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Southern Nevada officials decry Sandoval’s plan to pass the buck



On the day Brian Sandoval revealed his secret plans to pass the buck to local government, forcing property hikes that would take money from already struggling Nevada homeowners, local leaders decried the candidate’s “plans.”

Sandoval’s comments today in the Las Vegas Sun show his lack of courage and leadership. Sandoval wants to put the burden on local government to solve the state’s problems – and take zero responsibility. It’s cowardly and irresponsible, especially from a man who’s been promising voters a budget plan for months.

Among the local officials to decry Sandoval’s passing the buck:

“While I favor home rule, I don’t think that cutting more funds from local governments and giving them the option to raise taxes is a solution. We need a real plan to balance the budget and Rory has one.” – Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen

“Brian Sandoval is willing to pass property taxes onto working Nevadans in order to protect the clients of the lobbyists who recruited him to run for governor — big banks and large corporations. It’s not local government’s job to do what Brian Sandoval should have been doing for months — coming up with a budget plan.” – Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak

“This is yet another example of a politician turning to local government to solve the state’s problems.” – North Las Vegas Councilman William Robinson

“I’ve been a supporter of home rule for years, but we need to do it responsibly. You can’t just shift costs around. Brian Sandoval is clearly proposing to force local governments to bear the state’s burden. That’s not leadership. That is avoiding responsibility.” – Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani

“In July, the Mesquite City Council passed a resolution supporting Ballot Question 5 regarding state legislative actions that impact local governments without the consent of the affected local governing bodies. It is a shared belief that shifting resources away from the local level does not solve the problems of the state for the long term and exacerbates the problems of local governments in the short term.” – Mesquite Mayor Susan Holecheck

“We need a governor that will demonstrate leadership and produce a plan to address Nevada’s fiscal crisis. Shifting taxes and unfunded mandates onto local government only exacerbates the problem.” – Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown

Rory Reid is the only candidate for governor to offer solutions for today and a plan for Nevada’s future success – supporting strong schools for a stronger economy. For more information about Rory’s campaign or to download his plans, visit Rory2010.com.

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