Nevada unions can’t grasp bigger picture of @edinitiativenv

Nevada education has been ranked in the bottom 10% of 50 state rankings for years.

Nevada, legislatively, refuses to fund education at any level other than just basically “keeping the doors open”.

There is an initiative (THE EDUCATION INITIATIVE) afoot that will be on the ballot in November 2014, which will ask the LARGEST businesses in Nevada to pony up a few dollars for funding education in Nevada …….this influx of cash, might  boost the Nevada education ranking to as high as 40th of 50 !!!!

Now, we here in Nevada, rarely if EVER ask a BUSINESS to pay for anything other than a business license, because, I guess us Nevadan’s are afraid the few businesses’ located in the state will flee the state over a few hundred or a few thousand dollars!!

Wal-Mart locates stores in Nevada………their prices are the same in Nevada as in surrounding states……….but those surrounding states have business taxes, and Nevada doesn’t………..so where’s the discount on retail prices for us Nevadan’s?!?!

Oh, and let’s talk high-tech industries……..seems high tax California has their Silicon Valley and some very high tech businesses are also there………why aren’t these companies fleeing California for Nevada?!?! Here in Nevada there are hardly any taxes……….so where are the F’ing high tech companies?!?! Hell, we will take some mid-tech level companies…………..but they are few and far between too!

Now let’s take a look at Utah and Nevada……….Utah: (2013) population 2,855,287…….Nevada: (2013) population 2,758,931……..there is a 96,356 population difference!!

Now let’s look at the public higher education options in Utah and Nevada:
The state of Utah lists 10 colleges and universities, where Nevada lists 7 college s and universities.
Utah has 5 full universities………Nevada has 2 full universities ………..Utah has 5 colleges, and Nevada has 5 colleges.

Utah, a state with a state income tax and a business tax, can fund 3 more universities than Nevada; and pretty much anyone with any knowledge of educational quality knows the 5 Utah school rank much higher than the 2 Nevada schools.
Utah, with 93,356 more in population can somehow fund education, and a much higher quality of education, and manage to attract their own budding high tech industry.

Nevada, for at least 3 decades, has been pounding the mantra of “Diversify the Nevada Economy”……Nevada wants clean, high tech industry, research and manufacturing!!! That’s all fine and dandy if Nevada would pull its head out and perhaps fund education……….California has higher taxes and better schools…………Utah has higher taxes and better schools…………Nevada has low taxes, no tech industry and a couple below average universities .

Today, the Nevada AFL-CIO labor union has come to the conclusion, that the added taxation of the Education Initiative will just kill jobs……….oh joy!, there’s the tried and true: “it will kill jobs” excuse that’s trotted out EVERY…. STINKING…. TIME someone mentions a tax increase……….Get real!

So labor is afraid that a little tax on the biggest companies will cost jobs…………..well what about the jobs Nevada WILL NOT GET because the state funds education at bottom feeder levels?!?! What sane company would want to locate their high paid, technical workforce in Nevada, when that company will have to go to the expense of IMPORTING their employees from other states?!?!……….and of those employees, how can a company attract good employees, when those employees look at Nevada’s 47th ranked education system and say NO THANKS to jobs in Nevada?!?!

What will be the number of construction jobs for labor that will bypass Nevada because there’s no building here? Casinos are bidding against each other to place casinos where gaming taxes run 40%, 50%, 65%…….those jobs aren’t here in Nevada either.

It’s not rocket science to figure out that a top notch education system from K-12 to PHD levels, is an ENGINE that can drive an economy from within……….don’t worry though, those rocket scientists are over in high tax California, where they have those top level universities churning out PHD’s, engineers, etc.

When union construction workers are standing around with their hammers in their hands, they can thank their own short sighted unions bosses for taking a pass on funding education in Nevada……….funding an education system that might have drawn new companies and industries……….companies who need offices and buildings………those jobs are not coming, and never will, until Nevada can figure out a simple equation………Education = Economic strength.

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