Government Spending in Nevada

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Government Spending in Nevada


Libertarians want to end wasteful and inefficient government spending.


Libertarians believe government has grown into a bloated conglomerate of political services that gets larger every year with no end in sight.

(1) Over the past two decades, lawmakers have more than tripled the size of Nevada's general fund, growing state spending from $1.0 billion in FY 1994 to $3.1 billion for FY 2013. During these years, the Silver State's population has grown significantly, creating additional demand for public services. Lawmakers, however, increased spending at a rate far greater than population growth and inflation combined — meaning that Nevadans face a much higher per‐Capita cost of government today than they did 20 years ago.

Libertarians think most government spending is very foolish and wasteful. In the federal government politicians spend millions of dollars to urge people not to smoke, while spending millions more to subsidize tobacco farmers. They send billions overseas for foreign aid while the federal deficit swells. They spend millions to subsidize public art while working families struggle to pay their taxes. Politicians also run trains, bail out banks, construct houses and buildings, sell insurance, print books, and build basketball courts, the government tries to do everything! But the fact is, every service supplied by the government can be provided better and cheaper by private business in a competitive marketplace. The bulk of your welfare tax dollars goes to pay the handsome salaries of well-educated welfare workers. The poor get little from government welfare except meager handouts and a cycle of despair.

Libertarians want to stop the wasteful spending of tax payers and get government out of "non-essential" expenses.

   (1) Geoffrey Lawrence, "Solutions 2013," Nevada Policy Research Institute policy study, 2013

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