Gov. Jim Gibbons called the idea of raising taxes in the middle of this recession “foolish” – he’s right – and said he was going to propose cutting government employee pay by more than 6 percent to cover additional revenue shortfalls. But the governor also said he was going to avoid laying off any government employees. That’s wrong. There’s still plenty “dead wood” in the government workforce – including UNLV’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. Getting rid of non-essential government employees could mean the remaining essential government employees wouldn’t have to take as big a pay cut.