Nevada lawmakers don’t have to look too hard for reasons to pass Assembly Bill 182, which contains provisions that public employee bargaining groups have labeled “union Armageddon.” In fact, lawmakers can find the biggest justification for the bill walking the halls of the Legislative Building as a paid lobbyist.
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If you love animals and despise the heavy hand of the regulatory state — and I suspect there are a lot of you out there — prepare to be outraged.
Judges command a certain amount of respect wherever they go. Even pompous, corrupt, thieving ex-judges who are in court to be sentenced for a felony.
The school bond bill that blew through the Legislature last week came with a steep price tag — one every bit as expensive as the estimated $3.5 billion in Clark County School District construction it enables.
The most important bill flying through the 2015 Legislature has something every lawmaker can love. And something every lawmaker can hate.
Carolyn Goodman announced Thursday that Major League Soccer had rejected Las Vegas’ bid for an expansion franchise. The decision did much more than dash the mayor’s dream of downtown professional sports. It killed the unpopular downtown soccer stadium project she championed.
The similarities between the 2015 Legislature and the 2003 Legislature are well-documented by now. But there are important differences between 2015 and 2003, differences that point to a different ending this year — and, hopefully, a different long-term outcome for the state.
Republicans elected in November’s GOP landslide believe they have a mandate. But the nature of that mandate depends on which Republican you’re talking to.
Adivisive local government decision has delivered the most compelling mayoral race in a generation.
“All things being equal, we prefer to keep more of our earnings. That fact makes new taxes a tough sell. As such, the proponents of new taxes, like any good marketer, ignore what’s unpopular about the product. Instead, they point to the alleged benefits of the tax, rarely mentioning the costs. … Speaking out against new benefits is not popular. Hard truths rarely are. … Tax revenues, as we all know, have to come from somewhere, and someone will have to pay. … Spending is so much more enjoyable when you ignore where the money comes from. But we must try to resist the easy temptation to forget the burdens of taxation, even when that burden may fall on someone else.”
Gov. Brian Sandoval is going to have to call on all his patience, all his skills of persuasion and all of his substantial political capital to navigate the legislative traps that await his reform agenda.
Taxpayers are like Floyd Mayweather Jr. opponents. Everyone expects them to take a beating.
What a relief that embattled Michele Fiore has been removed from Assembly leadership. Credibility and perception matter, and the business of the Legislature is too vital to be controlled by marginalized elected officials of questionable character.
To understand the wildly different approaches of two groups seeking to bring major league sports to Las Vegas, you just need to know which one wants to use someone else’s money — your money.
Just in time for the start of the 2015 Legislature, outgoing Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington is helping to make the case for major public employee pension reforms.
As soon as this weekend, Nevadans might learn the reform agenda for the 2015 Legislature — from a caucus that just a few weeks ago was supposed to be irrelevant to the discussion.
Gov. Brian Sandoval has big policy ambitions. An anecdote he shared with a Henderson Republican club last year revealed as much.
It’s all Harry Reid’s fault.
The Internet and smartphone revolution has turned industries upside down and forced them to adapt. But the Nevada taxicab industry, far from embracing innovation and creative destruction, has doubled down on its outdated, over-regulated business model and its penchant for protectionism.
The argument for passage of Question 3 holds that increased school spending translates to improved student achievement. Nevada’s schools perform poorly because they’re poorly funded, Question 3 backers claim. Therefore, pouring more money into the state’s K-12 system is the only way to guarantee better outcomes.
The fall campaign has entered its final, furious sprint to the Nov. 4 finish line. That means Question 3 supporters will run wild with false narratives to sell voters on their ruinous initiative.
For as long as Nevada’s local government employees have had collective bargaining rights, there has been a single check against their unions’ demands for ever-higher pay and iron-clad job protections: the ability of management to lay off workers it can’t afford.
Steven Jones got away with one last scam. This time, the taxpayers were the patsy. And regardless of whether federal prosecutors and a federal judge try to right the wrongs of the disgraced Family Court judge, Nevadans will pay dearly for his crimes for many, many years.
I hate to pull the plug on the statewide celebration of the Tesla Motors tax giveaway, but the deal to secure the electric car company’s massive lithium-ion battery plant for Northern Nevada received quite a shock of reality last week.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can’t add officer positions without a tax increase, partly because of a plunge in property tax revenue, but mostly because its force is compensated so generously. If police pay were more in line with national averages, hundreds more officers would be on the streets patrolling neighborhoods, stomping out the valley’s dangerous driving culture and keeping the Strip even safer.
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