• Economic Development Board Takes Shape

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada Business Bureau) – Gov. Brian Sandoval and legislative leaders today announced their appointments to the new Economic Development Board, which will focus on job creation and economic diversification. Sandoval has appointed Rob Roy, CEO of Switch in Las Vegas, William Weidner with Gaming Asset Management, and Kathleen Drakulich, a lawyer...

  • County Caves, Opens Project To Rebidding

    (Michael Chamberlain/Nevada Business Coalition) – At a special meeting of the Clark County Commission today the Commissioners voted to rebid a project that is the subject of a lawsuit by NBC. After deliberating with staff in a closed-door meeting for over an hour as they discussed their options, the Commissioners emerged to...

  • Just Say No To The Ticket Tax

    (Janine Hansen) – Last week, I was in Elko “Justice” Court for a “speeding” ticket I received back in January 2011. The trial had been postponed. It was an eye opening experience that brought clearly to mind the collusion that exists between the Cops, the Courts, and the Legislature in their scheme to...

  • Teach Better, Learn More, Spend Less

    (NPRI) – Digital learning offers schools a chance to multiply the impact of their best teachers, personalize the education experience for each student and do both while spending less, a new study from the Nevada Policy Research Institute finds. The report, titled “Transforming Education in Nevada Through High-Quality Digital Learning,” explains how...

  • Nevada Searches For New State Schools Superintendent

    (Nevada News Bureau) – Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state Board of Education have appointed their respective liaisons to the search effort for the next superintendent of public instruction. Sandoval appointed Terri Janison, his director of community relations and a former president of the Clark County School Board. The State Board of...

  • Government Wages: Too Extravagant?

    (Geoffrey Lawrence/NPRI) – It’s one of the most challenging questions facing labor economists today: At what level should most public employees be paid? In public-sector employment, the typical price signals that help determine wage rates in competitive labor markets are absent. After all, most government agencies do not compete in an open...

  • Democrat Legislators Named To Homeland Security Commission

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Nevada legislative leaders have selected Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, and Assemblyman William Horne, D-Las Vegas, to serve as nonvoting members of the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security. Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, last week selected Lee to serve on the panel, which meets...

  • Commission Sells Out To Unions

    (Michael Chamberlain/Nevada Business Coalition) – The Clark County Commission today bowed to the wishes of local trade unions as it voted to appeal a court’s decision prohibiting it from using an agreement it had negotiated with those unions on a local construction project. The unanimous vote of the Commission will delay the...

  • Gunslinger Battles Bureaucracy Blob

    (Michael Chamberlain/Nevada Business Coalition) – They say the pen is mightier than the sword. A new business in town is finding that paperwork and bureaucracy may defeat firearms as well. The Clark County bureaucratic quagmire is doing its best to frustrate one of the area’s new businesses. A few months ago Wild...

  • Lawmakers, State Agencies Wrangle Over Budget

    (Anne Knowles/Nevada News Bureau) – Nevada lawmakers today approved money to cover the costs of the upcoming special election, received an update on the progress of the state’s health care insurance exchange and complained repeatedly that state agencies were thumbing their noses at the legislative process. The Interim Finance Committee approved more...

  • Let’s Blow Up The Gaming Commission

    (Fred Weinberg/The Penny Press) – It is time that we disassembled the membership of the Nevada Gaming Commission, used some sanitary method to pry the current membership’s lips from the posteriors of the big gaming companies, as well as their lobbyists, and start over. You may think that Tony Alamo, Jr., John...

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