Liberal Success, Let's Give Them a Round of Applause

  • conservativej...

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    Jun 23, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — There are no signs of rioters, wind-damaged homes or flooding. The brand new City Hall features gleaming marble floors and the public recreation centers offer Zumba, karate and Pilates classes.

    Despite all of its suburban trimmings, North Las Vegas is officially a disaster area.

    After five years of declining property taxes, massive layoffs and questionable spending, leaders of the blue-collar, family-oriented city outside Las Vegas declared a state of emergency, invoking a rarely used state law crafted for unforeseen disasters.

    No matter that the statute, which allows municipalities to suspend union contracts and avoid paying scheduled salary increases, doesn't actually include fiscal emergencies among the list of potential disasters.

    "It says, in case of 'emergency such as.' You can't list how many different types of emergencies there are in the world," City Council member Wade Wagner said of the move, which will save the city $9 million.

    There are many cities across the nation grappling with declining property values and growing expenses like North Las Vegas, but few, if any, have declared financial emergency.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 23, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    This sounds like both Niagara Falls, NY and Youngstown, OH. It sounds like North Las Vegas has been horribly mismanaged in much the same way as Niagara Falls and Youngstown. Go figure.
  • conservativej...

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    Jun 23, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidThis sounds like both Niagara Falls, NY and Youngstown, OH. It sounds like North Las Vegas has been horribly mismanaged in much the same way as Niagara Falls and Youngstown. Go figure.


    Also Stockton, California to some degree.

    I can even name a county: Spalding County, Georgia. The county voters spent millions of dollars on county facilities and constructed glorious buildings for public employees to work in. Manufacturing in the county collapsed two decades ago, but the belief was "spending" on non-self liquidating debt would save the day. Nada.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 23, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    I might as well add the following declining places: Gary IN, Saginaw MI, Warren OH, Camden NJ, Bridgeport CT. These are all declining, depressed, failing places that are largely dependant on federal and state handouts.