It Ain’t Just Belton, or Louisiana

Drop in traffic tickets has Nevada Supreme Court near broke, chief justice says

By SEAN WHALEY – Las Vegas Review-Journal

CARSON CITY — A trend of fewer traffic tickets being written by police around the state may be a boon for motorists, but it is creating a financial crisis for the Nevada Supreme Court.

Chief Justice James Hardesty recently told a panel of state lawmakers the court will go broke by May 1 if the Legislature does not provide emergency funding to keep it functioning.

The court receives millions of dollars each year for its budget from assessments on traffic and parking tickets that range from $30 to $120 per citation.

But the number of tickets written by law enforcement agencies around the state has been declining steadily, partly because state troopers have focused on violations more likely to lead to crashes. In 2010, there were 615,267 citations issued statewide. In 2014, that number fell to 484,913, a decline of more than 21 percent in a five-year period.

As a result, revenue from the assessments is dropping fast, too.

“If this is not addressed by May 1, the court will not have sufficient cash to operate,” Hardesty said in his testimony to lawmakers. “I believe the Legislature has a constitutional obligation to fund the judicial branch of government. Do you want me to close the judicial branch of government at the state level on May 1?”

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18 Responses to “It Ain’t Just Belton, or Louisiana”

  1. Cowboy Says:

    It’s just like Big Dan Teague said in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, “It’s all about the money, boys! That’s it!”

    With the big government crowd, it really is all about the money. Oh, they claim to be doing good by the people and just need enough money to operate on, but then it always comes down to just needing a little more so they can do good work for the people.

    What we really need is a lot fewer laws and a lot less government enforcing them. We’ve come to the tipping point in America where we have more laws than we can afford, and more government than we can afford. We all live with finite resources, meaning we can do everything we think needs to be done because we just don’t have enough money to do everything.

    In the past, government did the most important things like protecting American citizens, and we citizens did the rest. But, we got wealthy and then we got used to better, and before you know it, we got a whole bunch more laws and a whole bunch more government. Now we can’t afford either, but the politicians are too proud to admit it, and we’re left to suffer because of their pride.

    The Founders warned us not to go growing government or it’d turn on us and break us, but we let the left talk us into enacting a whole bunch of their schemes because we felt sorry for the pitiful sob stories they told us. Now we’re broke and the whole thing is collapsing, but the left keeps demanding more and screaming to high Heaven when we say we just don’t have anymore to give.

    Then they just start taking it any old way they can, and that includes robbing us on the highway with their police. They write us tickets, seize our assets even though no crime has been committed, and charge us outrageous court costs on top of all of that. Then they have the gall to insult our intelligence by saying it’s a public safety issue and they need the money to keep doing all of their good work.

    Yeah, it’s not just DA Belton. It’s going on all over the country, and it’s been going on so long they don’t even bother to lie to us anymore by telling us it’s all about public safety. No, it really is all about the money! Heck, they’re even legalizing marijuana to get their hands on the tax money after telling us for decades how bad it was and waging a drug war on it! No, it’s all about the money!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Mr. Cowboy,thank you so much,I’m not able to put it in words like you. Your article is right on,big Government is so out of control and most people don’t know or care. It’s time we the people take back control. Fox News had a article about a convict in Ca. that a judge had said needed a sex change at a cost of about $100,000.00.,and they didn’t even know where to house him after the operation. $100,000.00 here and $100,000.00 there soon adds up. Again a very fine article you wrote,very fine.

  3. Dan Burson Says:

    STILL LOOKING FOR EXCUSES LOL LOL

    Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:10 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  4. Dan Burson Says:

    LOL GEE OLDMAN YOU PEOPLE WERE ALREADY THE PROBLEM AND YOU HYPOCRITES ARE NOT NEVER WILL BE THE SOLUTION.

    Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:10 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  5. Oldman Says:

    Dan I’m glad you are from lincoln parish,we already have too many people like you here in Jackson parish. Boy you have no right calling anybody a hypocrite,but then it takes one to know one,”hypocrite”. Go to bed early tonite,old farts need their rest,good-nite.

  6. Jacksontwo Says:

    People who brags how honest they are most likely is not. Dan promises a lot but never delivers.

  7. Dan Burson Says:

    YET ANOTHER SAYING I AM DISHONEST LOL–WITHOUT KNOWING THE TRUTH LOL

    Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:10 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  8. Dan Burson Says:

    WELL OLDMAN YOU STILL DONT KNOW LOL–JUDGING WITHOUT KNOWING TRUTH IS BEING A HYPOCRITE LOL .

    Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:10 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  9. Dan Burson Says:

    LOL LINCOLN PARISH JACKSON PARISH MAKES NO DIFFERENCE—-YOU HAVE TOO MANY HYPOCRITES IN BOTH PARISHES LOL. MAN UP AND JUST COME KNOCK ON MY DOOR FOR THE TRUTH BOY LOL.

    Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:10 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

    • Oldman Says:

      Dan you sound like a broken record. With your ranting and raving nobody takes you seriously. People listen to you and they think you are crazy and just running your month,without anything to back it up. They then think that big Govt.is right all along.BOY” and that’s you,need to put facts out there for people to see and not this silly crap you spew all the time.Dan “boy” have a good day.
      Oldman

  10. Dan Burson Says:

    MY WHOLE POINT—NO ONE CARES UNLESS IT HAPPENS TO THEM LOL–ITS OK LEAVING THIS AREA SOON LOL DONT WANT TO BE WHERE PEOPLE DONT CARE.

    Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:10 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  11. Dan Burson Says:

    ASKS SPECIFIC QUESTIONS THEN LOL

    Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:10 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

  12. Dan Burson Says:

    WHY? YOU DID NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING I SAID FROM THE BEGINNING LOL.

    Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:09:10 +0000 To: dannymb52@hotmail.com

    • Anonymous Says:

      Believe anything? You haven’t ever said anything. You could at least tell us the nature of your beef with law enforcement. Specifics, man. People are tired of you ranting and saying nothing.

  13. Oldman Says:

    Dan sounds like one of those silly overpaid socialist deadhead professors we were talking about. You got anything to back up what you are saying? Tell us about all the crooks you are always mouthing about,Dan.
    Dan get your sugar tit and go to bed early,old boys need their rest.
    Nite nite
    Oldman

  14. Oldman Says:

    Ole Dan must have ducked his tail and run,haven’t heard from him today. But I guess I need to let sleeping dogs lay and not disturb him. Just having fun at your expense,
    Have a good day,Dan
    Oldman

  15. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    The article itself was not really addressed by any of the comments above, just taken as an opportunity to rant about big government. Don’t for an instant think that I am not aware of the problem of government largess but the article draws the distinction between revenue generation and public safety although it seems somewhat hidden.
    It basically says that courts have come to rely on traffic violation fines to operate while the state police in AZ have made a conscious decision to focus on public safety when it comes to issuing tickets. The clear implication being that public safety is NOT the goal of a speed trap as proposed by John Belton but rather, as he let slip, it is simply a revenue stream which he intends to exploit.

    In short, the article demonstrates that John Belton would rather feed the beast than seek to overall well being of the citizens.

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