• Judging the Judges: Newspaper Swings for the Benches One More Time

    (Thomas Mitchell/4thst8.wordpress.com/) I’m glad to see the Review-Journal continued the biennial judicial survey, even though the paper apparently is so understaffed (or underexpertised) they had to contract with a reporter/editor they let go this past year in order to pull it off. But A.D. Hopkins, who has been the ramrod for probably...

  • Happy New Year, Washoe! Now, Hand Over Your Wallets

    (Jim Clark) – Will Washoe County have a happy new year?   The portents are ominous. First of all, there are the remaining lawsuits by the Village League to Save Incline Assets still on appeal.  According to the League, there is one due to be handed down shortly in which the county’s liability...

  • Is Clark County Teachers Union Protecting a Health Insurance Scam?

    (Ben Velderman/Education Action Group Foundation) – While the Great Recession has affected almost all Americans, Nevadans may be the hardest hit. The state leads the nation in unemployment (13 percent) and home foreclosures (three times the national average). Because of the faltering economy and slowed tax revenue, the Clark County School District needs...

  • Fortunately, Nevada Higher Education Is Not Underfunded

    NN&V Exclusive (Ron Knecht) – A recent Brookings Institute study on economic growth in Nevada concluded that...

  • Drilling Down Into NPRI’s Separation-of-Powers Lawsuit

    (Andy Matthews/NPRI) – The recent lawsuit launched to defend the separation-of-powers clause in Nevada’s constitution — filed by NPRI’s new Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation — has to date met an overwhelmingly positive response. Around the state, citizens, lawmakers and members of the media have applauded CJCL for acting decisively against...

  • Bond Bank In Washoe County Will Haunt Taxpayers With Chains of Debt

    (Jim Clark) – Merry Christmas, Washoe County taxpayers.  By a 3-to-2 majority, the county commission has saddled all of us with a $2.1 billion dollar albatross called a “bond bank” that can cause haunting nightmares in the future. What exactly happened and why?  Last May the county manager and chief financial officer...

  • Office On Economic Development Receives Funding To Promote Job Creation

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Efforts by Gov. Brian Sandoval and state lawmakers to encourage new business creation, relocation and expansion in Nevada took a major step forward today when the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee approved nearly $3.5 million to fund a new economic development office. The funding will enable Steve Hill,...

  • Another Government Plan To Bail Out Nevada Homeowners And Banks

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Because government interference in the housing market has worked out so well so far. Let’s see, between the Community Reinvestment Act, the Federal Reserve’s manipulations of interest rates, the $8,000 tax credit for new home buyers and Nevada’s own unconstitutional Foreclosure Mediation Program, I’d say the government has done...

  • Nevada PERS Accounting Practices Conceal Taxpayers’ Real Liabilities

    (Geoffrey Lawrence/NPRI) – Nothing pleases a politician more than the ability to promise lavish benefits to important constituencies without having to pay for them. Nevada lawmakers long ago found a vote-buying cash cow of this nature in the state’s Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). PERS manages a defined-benefits pension system that operates...

  • Recovering Economy Providing State with Extra Cash

    An improving economy has generated nearly $60 million above revenue estimates for Nevada’s state government in recent months, according to figures released by the state’s Economic Forum. The Economic Forum, which provides the revenue projections lawmakers are required to use in creating the state’s budget, revealed that tax collections were more than...

  • Suit Seeks To Restore The Separation-of-Powers Principle In Nevada

    (Andy Matthews/NPRI) – It is possible to have legitimate disagreements over the interpretation of parts of Nevada’s constitution. Article 3, Section 1 — the separation-of-powers clause in Nevada’s constitution — is not one of them. It reads: The powers of the Government of the State of Nevada shall be divided into three...

  • Hoover Dam Bypass And Spaghetti Bowl Could Be New Hazardous Materials Transportation Routes

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – A draft environmental statement addressing the future of the former Nevada Test Site appears to be setting the stage for the transportation of mixed hazardous and low-level radioactive waste to the site through heavily populated areas of Las Vegas, the state response to the documentsays. The response,...

  • Nevada College Republicans Denounce Tuition Increase As Universities Continue Wasteful Policies

    (Las Vegas) – Today , the NSHE Board of Regents voted for an 8% tuition increase after first voting down a measure to postpone the vote until the March meeting – a move called for by the UNLV College Republicans last month. A move to increase tuition by 5% was also...

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