August 2, 2010

Reid and Sandoval unfortunately agree

In an otherwise platitude-filled and substance-light Q&A session published by the Las Vegas Sun, gubernatorial candidates Rory Reid and Brian Sandoval unfortunately found agreement on one issue: keeping public employee union negotiations out of the view of the public.

In particular, they oppose the initiative launched by Gov. Jim Gibbons requiring local governments to negotiate with unions in public.

Reid and Sandoval both note the public is already able to view and comment upon contracts before they're approved. Reid calls the initiative "politically motivated" while Sandoval calls it "unnecessary."

Both candidates should reconsider their opposition. Taxpayers' right to see where their money is being spent begins before the final approval of a contract. It exists throughout the entire process. The public should be in the loop from proposals to negotiations to final approval.