February 8, 2011

Will budget cuts hurt the Ethics Commission?

State offices are taking a cue from NIMBY and forming NIMO: Not In My Office.

On Tuesday, the Nevada Commission on Ethics told the Senate Finance Committee that Governor Sandoval's budget cuts "could hurt public confidence in elected officials."

Specifically, NCE head Caren Jenkins pleaded for no more cuts to her department, which currently has a staff of five and would receive a 26 percent cut from the general fund if Sandoval's budget is approved.

Given the national mood during November's election, it seems unlikely that showing fiscal responsibility would "hurt public confidence in elected officials," especially since polls already show low approval ratings for public officials. While the 2011 Legislative session is only three days old, it will be interesting to see how public officials plead their case to avoid budget cuts to their office.