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-- have thousands of people in a suburban city of Nevada.
Now officially living in a disaster zone and it's not because of a storm -- a wild -- any of the usual reasons it is because of the city's financial troubles.
-- you live -- -- is on this story for us live our West Coast news branded financial disasters on -- Well Martha -- think of yourself as a city you've got these locked in salary increases in union contracts have a soaring pension costs.
And no money because of the disappearing tax base you'd like to declare bankruptcy but the state -- says you can't.
Well North Las Vegas found a loophole and declared itself a disaster area.
From fire to -- This summer saw its share of disasters but in North Las Vegas residents know the state of emergency there has nothing to do with the weather.
We need to stop spending money our biggest issue is salaries.
And compensation and benefits and able to declare bankruptcy this city is using a state law on disasters to declare an emergency they're claiming a financial disaster.
But -- using a natural disaster to try to break the contracts unions claim the city is illegally using the law to suspend contracts and avoid pay increases they don't support unions.
Downsizing outsourcing privatize -- Combining of services that is a typical right wing philosophy but previous councils -- city workers 62 dollars an hour to clean toilets.
Firefighters with overtime can double their salaries.
The residents had their way.
They would have -- fire all those public servants and hire someone else at a lower.
Paid and it's a lot of them would we take those jobs.
Property and sales taxes are down 36%.
One -- five homes are in for closure.
Not exactly -- natural disaster but by declaring -- this city -- nine million in pay increases.
Many residents want police and fire to stop complaining and focus on their jobs I really want to got to be on the top of his game when he comes here not certain new moon moon from -- big trip -- week.
So basically the unions consider this union busting -- file lawsuit the state Martha has not taken a position you.
As a disaster.
Hourly and thank you very much for him.
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