• Government Has No Business Setting Wages For Private Businesses

    (Chuck Muth) – President Obama recently declared that “no one who works full-time in America should have to live in poverty.” His proposed solution is to “give” 15 million American workers a raise by increasing the federal government’s “minimum wage.” But as the saying goes, “A government big enough to give you...

  • Chain Drug Council Combats Prescription Drug Abuse

    (NN&V Staff) – In an ongoing effort to avert Nevada’s prescription drug abuse epidemic, the pharmacy industry in Nevada is identifying new and innovative ways to halt inappropriate prescriptions of high risk drugs such as opioid painkillers. During today’s meeting of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy, Elizabeth MacMenamin, Vice President of...

  • GovernmentTakes Limo Passengers for a Ride

    (Ari Bargil) – Transportation consumers in Tampa Bay, Fla., are being taken for a ride in more ways than one. That’s because the county’s transportation sanctioning authority, the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC), demands that all limousine rides, no matter how short, cost no less than $50. That’s right. In the...

  • Rice, Rice Everywhere…and Not a Grain to Sell

    (Chuck Muth) – It was a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong? Instead of paying money directly to rice farmers to subsidize rice production, Thailand’s new government stumbled upon a “get rich quick” scheme it must have thought had never been thought of before. It decided to buy every grain of...

  • Nature Abhors a Vacuum…Even in Trade

    By Andrew Langer The axiom that nature abhors a vacuum applies well-beyond the physics of the universe. Economics is an organic sphere in its own right—where the tinkering of states can have severe consequences. And when the US fails to act to protect its own interests, you can take it to the...

  • What Comprises The Fiscal Cliff Compromise

    (Jim Clark) – Columnist Jeff Quinn, CPA, did a good job of summarizing the tax effects of Congress’ American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 in the last issue of the Bonanza (“some good, some bad”).  Jeff closes his column by pointing out with annoyance that politicians knew of the deadline for 17...

  • Perhaps We Should Boycott Las Vegas Until They Get Their Police Force Under Control

    (Fred Weinberg/The Penny Press) – Last week, Sergeant William Wilson of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that he was investigating a report of a shot fired in a downtown Las Vegas neighborhood. He said that he was investigating a disturbance call in the 200 block of Earl Street at 1:49...

  • Protect Potential Oil Find From Reid, The Feds And The Legislature

    (Fred Weinberg/The Penny Press) – The biggest oil company that the average Nevada taxpayer has never heard of has leased 330,000 net acres in Northeastern Nevada and is looking for reserves of half a billion barrels with an exploratory drilling program beginning in 2013. Noble Energy, which calls Houston home these days,...

  • Reid Praises L.A. Decision to Buy Predictably Overpriced Solar Power from Moapa

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) After the Los Angeles City Council this week approved a 25-year contract between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and K Road Moapa Solar, which is building solar panels on Moapa Band of Paiute Indians tribal land north of Las Vegas, Sen. Harry Reid issued a gushing press release about the...

  • The Ultimate Incentive for Companies to Move to Nevada

    (Chuck Muth) – In my last column I noted how wrong it is to use taxpayer dollars to “bribe” companies in other states with tax breaks to move to Nevada; tax breaks companies already here aren’t getting. And look, if reducing taxes is what it takes to lure companies to move here...

  • Holiday Hiring Outlook Positive for 2012

    (Brian Wachter) – Nevada expected to add more than 4,000 seasonal retail positions Retailers across the nation have begun announcing seasonal job opportunities, with hiring expected to be ongoing through Black Friday in November. Nationally, holiday hiring is expected to reach 700,000 in 2012, an increase of 6 percent compared to the...

  • Unions No Longer Worried about Workers’ Rights

    (NN&V Staff) – In “Union Hypocrisy: Organized Labors Double Standard in Business and Politics” (ISBN 1478275162), author...

  • Right To Work, Public Unions, And Government Agencies

    (Jim Clark) – Nevada is a “right to work” state.  Another 22 states have enacted “right to work laws”–statutes that prohibit both employers and unions from entering into any contract that makes either union membership, or for that matter, prohibits union membership, as a condition of new or continued employment.  Essentially these...

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