• Federal Land Use Is Meat-and-Potatoes Issue To Rural Nevadans

    (Fred Weinberg/The Penny Press) – A few weeks ago, in our sister publication, the Elko Independent, we ran a lengthy piece detailing the history of the contentious relationship between Elko County and the United States Forest Service. It paints an ugly picture. Forest rangers, it seems, are the ultimate in Federal Government...

  • State Spends Faster Than It Can Repay Loans

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada Business Bureau) – Nevada ranks well overall in an analysis by the nonpartisan State Budget Solutions of spending trends over the past decade, coming in 12thin the review of how states have managed their money in times of growth and recession. The report, released last week, looks not only at...

  • 190,000 Lost Jobs Keeps Unemployment Insurance Tax Low

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Despite the need to borrow $773 million from the federal government to pay jobless benefits so far in the current economic downturn, an advisory panel today recommended that the average tax rate levied on Nevada employers to pay claims remain unchanged at 2 percent for 2012. The...

  • Global Report Card Reveals Truth About CCSD Schools

    (Lori Piotrowski) - If you had misgivings about the education your children were receiving in the Clark...

  • Sandoval Appoints First Director Of Tourism And Cultural Affairs

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed Claudia Vecchio as the first director of the new Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. She will begin her job Nov. 14. The newly constituted department is comprised of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Division of Museums and History, Nevada Arts Council...

  • Where’s The Scandal?

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Government corruption takes many forms, but one of the most obvious is when an elected or unelected official uses his authority to benefit himself, a spouse or a supporter financially. That’s the reason Rep. Shelley Berkley is in hot water. As The New York Times reported, she used her...

  • Teachers Union Leaders Awarded Double-Digit Raises

    (Michael Chamberlain/Nevada Business Coalition) – The economy is booming, haven’t you noticed? If not, you must not be a member of a government employee union. The local teachers union, the Clark County Education Association, has awarded its President and Vice President 14% pay raises, from $90,000 to $103,000, according to sources. The...

  • Educators Take Issue With Fresh Look’s Innovative Suggestions

    NN&V Exclusive (On Friday, we looked at the Fresh Look of Nevada’s Community Colleges, a report of...

  • Medicaid Fraud And Abuse Focus Of State Agency

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – It isn’t just fraud, but waste and abuse of Medicaid funds that state officials are taking aim at as the cost of the health insurance program for children, seniors and the disabled continues to climb. Charles Duarte, administrator of the state Division of Health Care Financing and...

  • Cash-strapped Government Still Finds Money to Burn

    (Michael Chamberlain/Nevada Business Coalition) – Here we thought that government budgets had been cut to the bone and there was nothing left. At least that’s what the people who work for government have been saying. Their actions, however, tell a very different story. North Las Vegas, a city that is essentially broke...

  • County Taxpayers Keep Having To Cough Up Dough

    (Michael Chamberlain/Nevada Business Coalition) – The Clark County Commission recently agreed to force Clark County taxpayers to pay a multi-million dollar settlement to a contractor that claimed it was wrongfully denied a contract by the Commission. Non-union Fisher Sand & Gravel sued the County a couple years ago after it lost a...

  • UNLV Prez Smatresk Under Fire For Tuition Hike Plan

    (UNLV College Republicans) – Today, the UNLV College Republicans are calling on UNLV President Neal Smatresk to find ways to increase revenue that do not further burden students with higher costs. This comes on the heels of Smatresk’s annual State of the University address held yesterday at UNLV, where he called for...

  • Should In-State Tuition Subsidies Be Capped?

    (David Mansdoerfer) – The U.S. unemployment rate is at 9.1%. The unemployment rate in Nevada is at...

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