• Dissecting the Sandoval Tax

    (Roger Stockton) – During his 2015 “State of the State” address, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval laid out his ambitious plans to raise State revenue to primarily fund education. This week, we had the first opportunity to read his proposed “Business License Fee” that as written, will generate over $600 million in new...

  • At the capital: More details on the excellent labor reforms in AB182

    Bill would eliminate evergreen clauses and binding arbitration (Victor Joecks of NPRI) – Recently, I told you...

  • Nevada PERS Reform

    (Jim Clark) – Gov. Sandoval’s State of the State speech was jam packed with ideas for his reform...

  • Stop the insanity of runaway education spending

    “Wholesale reform needed to improve Nevada education” (Chantal Lovell of NPRI) – Anyone who has had an appliance...

  • Assembly Republicans Fail to Shoot Down Elk Tax

    (Chuck Muth) – AB78 would increase the fee for a “tag” to hunt elk in Nevada by $5.  The money would be used to mitigate property damage done by elk and, so I’ve been told by one legislator, elk hunters support this tax hike. Call me skeptical, so I did a little...

  • College fee hikes: Why my answer is still no

    (Ron Knecht) – Today, Nevada regents consider general fee increases for our colleges and universities.  Administrators seek four percent annual hikes for four years for resident undergraduates and lower percentages for non-resident and graduate students, who pay much higher fees. As I’ve done for three years on general fee increases, I’ll oppose...

  • 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...

  • When You Spend More Than You Earn, You Simply Demand a Pay Raise, Right?

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) The Review-Journal reports today that two Southern Nevada local elected officials were in Carson City at something called the Local Government Summit demanding that their constituents pay higher property tax rates in order to fund vital services. Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins was quoted as saying, “You can’t go on trying to...

  • Prevailing Wage Law Battle — Been There, Done That

    (Thomas Mitchell/4TH ST8) Geoffrey Lawrence has penned an outstanding column for the Nevada Policy Research Institute website on Nevada’s insanely expensive prevailing wage law, using simple examples of how the taxpayer is gouged by this Depression Era anachronism. His example in the lede of the piece is about how a plumber in Mesquite might...

  • CCSD Admits It Has Maintenance Budget To Fix AC

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – About a week after school started, several schools in the Clark County School District had air-conditioning breakdowns. At Diskin Elementary School, the breakdown was severe enough that its students were temporarily moved to another school. Never ones to a let a crisis go to waste, District officials, led by...

  • Sandoval Still Working On 2013-2015 Budget

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Gov. Brian Sandoval said today that there are a large number of variables in play as he prepares his 2013-15 budget, including who wins the presidential election on Nov. 6. Sandoval said a decision on whether to expand Nevada’s Medicaid program to cover newly eligible residents under...

  • 800-plus Teachers Exit Clark County Education Association

    (NPRI) – Las Vegas, NV – Over 800 teachers have left the Clark County Education Association since February 2012, according to information NPRI has obtained from the Clark County School District. In February 2012, 11,406 CCSD teachers were listed as CCEA members. Currently, only 10,590 teachers are CCEA members, a decrease of 816...

  • Nevada Division of Insurance Seeking Public Input On Affordable Care Act

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – The Nevada Division of Insurance (NVDOI) is seeking public input on what should be included in Nevada’s essential health benefits plan required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Gov. Brian Sandoval will ultimately decide which of 10 existing health insurance plans now offered in Nevada will be used...

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