LET THEM EAT CAKE: Ben Kieckhefer is an asshole and a co-sponsor of a bill that would prohibit the state from paying prevailing wages on public education construction projects.

Ben Kieckhefer

Asshole Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, works in a budget subcommittee hearing on Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Legislative Building in Carson City. Kieckhefer is co-sponsor of a bill that would prohibit the state from paying prevailing wages on public education construction projects.

By Kyle Roerink (contact)

keep-calm-and-let-them-eat-cake-3CARSON CITY —  Lawmakers have fired the first salvo in the legislative battle among political parties, organized labor and conservatives groups.

The Senate Government Affairs Committee vetted a bill that would prohibit the state from paying prevailing wages on public education construction projects, kickstarting a debate bound to reverberate for the remainder of the session and into the 2016 election.

Senate Bill 119, sponsored by Republican Sens. Ben Kieckhefer and Becky Harris, highlights the longstanding partisan divide in the workforce.

Prevailing wage is a sum paid to all workers on public projects — building new schools, roads and other government facilities.

The state’s labor commission determines prevailing wages by surveying contractors in every county.

becky harris is a cunt

Senate Bill 119, sponsored by Republican Sens. Ben Kieckhefer and Becky Harris, highlights the longstanding partisan divide in the workforce.

The labor commission declined to comment for this story.

Republicans claim that the salaries of union employees inflate the prevailing wage and create a disparity in the marketplace and a costly expense for the state on public projects. Democrats say the policy provides state projects with highly skilled contractors and livable wages.

For decades, Republicans have pushed to upend the current prevailing wage laws, but they have never had the majority to do so in the Legislature. Late Gov. Kenny Guinn pushed reforms in 2001 without any effect. Kieckhefer proposed legislation in 2013 with the same result.

Now that Republicans control the Legislature and the governor’s office, it’s poised to pass the law.

If prevailing wage is stripped from public school construction projects, Republicans say the state will save money.

Democrats and organized labor assail the idea, saying it would ship jobs out of state.

“If we gut prevailing wage, folks aren’t going to be able to feed their families,” Democratic Sen. Kelvin Atkinson said. “If there are lower wages, you are taking essential things out of homes and money out of the economy.”

The move to cut prevailing wage dovetails with Gov. Brian Sandoval’s call to raise taxes to bolster education funding by more than $800 million. The Republican move to raise taxes comes with Sandoval’s promise to implement what he’s called accountability measures and reforms.

brian-sandoval-bong“If we approve this exemption we will go back to revert to the free market to price the construction of our schools,” Kieckhefer said. “If we do that we will be able to build more schools.”

Prevailing wage is just one bill aiming at organized labor. Also on the table are bills to change collective bargaining laws.

Unions promised to lobby in unprecedented numbers and canvass districts with lawmakers who support changes to collective bargaining and prevailing wage.

In contrast to the suits and ties of lawmakers and lobbyists, some union members filled the committee meeting Wednesday dressed in jeans, boots and plaid shirts.

Contractors were one of the hardest hit groups in the recession and among the slowest to recover, union members testified. They argued that the quality of work would diminish along with the wage of Nevada workers.

“Schools happen to be a big part of my business,” said Craig Holt, owner of Sierra Nevada Construction. “… This is jeopardizing my employees and their wages.”

A handful of contractors testified that good construction employees don’t cost $15 an hour, saying that contractors who win prevailing wage jobs have certifications and education to do the job properly.

On the prevailing wage schedule, laborers average $48 to $50 per hour in Clark County.

“Maintaining the prevailing wage means that you get the highest quality worker out there,” said Danny Thompson, executive vice treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO. “People leave if they don’t get those jobs. If you want qualified people you’ve got to pay prevailing wage.”

The prevailing wage provision is one part of a two-pronged bill. The other half of the bill would allow school boards to issue bonds without having voters approve the funding.

Lawmakers in both parties and superintendents agree that giving boards the authority would be good for the state’s education system.

But committee chairman Sen. Pete Goicoechea said he doesn’t see the bill passing because of the bonding issue.

He said his rural constituents wouldn’t approve of it.

The committee will vote on the bill at its Friday meeting.

SOURCE: http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/feb/04/gop-effort-curb-prevailing-wage-riles-democrats-la/

Nevada senator’s Gay proposal

(CNN) — He expected him to say yes. The unmarried couple had been together for about 6 ½ years, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that a state senator from Nevada was able to ask his partner to legally marry him.

After a ruling from an appeals court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson was on stage in what was to be a meeting to explore Nevada’s next steps in pushing for legalization of marriage for gays and lesbians.

“I was telling my story and it just came out. I proposed to him on stage in front of everyone,” said Atkinson.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in California concluded that bans in Nevada and Idaho violated the equal protection rights of same-sex couples to legally marry.

As the dominoes continue to fall after the Supreme Court Monday decided to let stand rulings striking down bans in five states and affecting similar laws in six others, Nevada joined a cavalcade of states whose same-sex marriage bans have been tossed out.

In the coming weeks, 32 states could allow same-sex marriage, an increase of 13 states since the beginning of the month.

“The governor has told the attorney general to begin giving out marriage licenses to same-sex couples (Wednesday) at 2 p.m.,” said Atkinson.

Lawmaker’s ‘impulse decision’ to come out

Atkinson expected Sherwood Howard, his partner, to say yes to the proposal, but there was crying, and not everyone in the crowd could hear Howard’s answer.

“He said yes,” said Atkinson.

The Democratic state senator said that the meeting “turned into a celebration,” and that “I come from a big supportive family. I have 10 siblings and an 18-year-old daughter, and they all are very happy for us.”

The two haven’t set a date. They could be Nevada’s first same-sex married couple if they decide to wed Wednesday.

“We have been asked to be Nevada’s first same sex-couple to get married tomorrow, but we haven’t decided yet. I’m going home to talk about it right now actually,” he said.

state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson was 75 percent sure he would run for Nevada secretary of state, Treasurer Kate Marshall announced early endorsements

Kelvin AtkinsonA message for Kelvin Atkinson

Submitted by jon.ralston on Wed, 09/04/2013 – 13:56

On the same I reported in my email newsletter that state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson was 75 percent sure he would run for secretary of state, Treasurer Kate Marshall announced early endorsements.

This is classic:

In a rare early move, the Northern Nevada Building and Trades Council has endorsed Kate Marshall. “Breaking with our normal practices the Council last Thursday made the decision to step out early,” said Paul McKenzie, Secretary Treasurer of the Northern Nevada Building & Construction Trades Council, who noted Kate’s solid record of supporting working families and their belief that she is the best candidate for the position of Secretary of State. The Council represents the interests of Northern Nevada’s construction workers.

Additionally, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro Inc. Board of Directors endorsed Marshall, citing her strong commitment, community involvement and dedication to the residents of the community. The organization represents 3,200 Police and Corrections Officers and the Las Vegas Municipal Court and Deputy City Marshals. KATE MARSHALL

Chris Collins, Executive Director for LVPPA, states in a letter to Kate endorsing her that Kate’s “…community involvement and dedication to the residents of our community speaks volumes of your character.”

“I’m honored to receive the support of these organizations. As Secretary of State, just as I’ve done as Treasurer, my commitment every day will be to the middle class families of Nevada and I will always work tirelessly for them.”

Are you listening, senator?

Subtle, Madame Treasurer.

Kate Marshall (born July 22, 1959) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. She is currently the Nevada State Treasurer.[1] Marshall is unable to run for a third term in 2014 due to term limits.

Nevadagate by Guy Felton – Ombudsman for Nevada

Nevadagate a youtube series exposing Nevada government corruption  by GuyFelton – Ombudsman for Nevada.  These youtube videos dig into an array of Nevada government corruption, conspiracies and cover-ups. Guy Felton has helped the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement in his protesting efforts and his unique abilities to convey corruption in our youtube videos and his new series called Nevadagate. Please see Guy’s work below and visit his website Booksampler.net

Guy Felton is WAS running for U. S. Congress in 2011. Hooray! In this video, Guy discusses the controversy and conspiracy  surrounding the former University of Nevada Reno (“UNR”) President Milton Glick who allegedly died of stroke at 73 – but was it really a suicide or murder?

Uploaded on May 28, 2011

Guy’s background includes: Marine Corps Reservist, Intelligence Operative, Police Officer, Classroom Teacher, Head of Negotiations for Nevada State Education Association (now having 27,000 members), Newspaper Columnist, Newspaper Photographer, Executive Jobsearch Consultant (Listed in “Who’s Who in America”), Volunteer Ombudsman for the People of Nevada (the latter resulting in being wrongfully arrested and jailed three times for legally challenging corrupt public officials in Washoe County including Commissioners Humke, Weber, and Larkin ~ as well as Washoe Manager Katy Simon, and Deputy D.A. Melanie Foster.)

Guy Felton’s youtube “Nevadagate” series on Nevada Corruption

NEVADAGATE: SUGGESTIONS FOR THE 2013 LEGISLATURE

Nevada government is permeated with a culture of corruption. Members of the state legislature meet for only 4 months every other year. This does not permit anything close to proper administration of the public affairs of Nevada’s 2.7-million residents.  Members of the upcoming 2013 legislative session are asked to answer tough-but-fair questions which might force changes for the better.
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