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.
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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 But the Nevada taxicab industry, far from embracing innovation and creative destruction, has doubled down on its outdated, over-regulated business model and its penchant for protectionism.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.
This is what defeat looks like.
Question 3, the business margins tax, is a study in overreach. So it’s appropriate and unsurprising that the most recent and likely last pre-election study on the initiative’s economic impact holds even less water than the question itself.
What’s all the fuss over the bat tartare and bird flambe being prepared at renewable energy sites around the Southwest? We’re just moving up the death sentences that would be carried out by the coming climate change doomsday, right?
The SEIU says Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable children are in danger because Clark County doesn’t have enough social workers. This month, Department of Family Services workers represented by the union’s Local 1107 presented the County Commission with a petition demanding reduced caseloads to ensure children are safe.
What’s the first order of business in improving Nevada’s health care system?
This year’s legislative campaign will be all about the state Senate. Democrats hold the slimmest of majorities, at 11-10. If Republicans can pick up a seat and seize control of the upper chamber, it will change the power dynamic in Carson City in 2015.
My July 6 and July 20 columns on the growth of the Nanny State generated more response than can be published. But it was very encouraging to see so many readers understand the threat the growth of government poses to the rights of parents — and the well-being of children.
To fully understand the threat of the Nanny State to our rights as individuals and parents, you have to hear out its champions.
Is any freedom more important, more sacred than the right to raise a family without government intrusion?
It’s hot as blazes out, which means it’s time for campaigns to cool off. Although candidates will be out knocking on doors, making public appearances and raising money, they won’t spend much of their war chest on advertising when voters are on vacation and, in general, not thinking about politics.
Joseph Wilcox’s funeral is today. I hope the political opportunists who’ve spent the past two weeks second-guessing or trashing this community hero have the grace to stay away and allow his family and friends to honor him appropriately.
Low turnout wasn’t the only challenge facing some down-ticket candidates in Clark County’s primary election. Aside from the difficulty of building name recognition in a climate of political disinterest, many candidates worried about ballot attrition — the number of voters who would simply quit before reaching the end.
Tuesday is primary election day in Nevada, and the big stories will be the GOP races for lieutenant governor and the 4th Congressional District.
Two issues are central to Nevada’s margins tax debate. Thus far, justifiably, conversations and research have focused almost exclusively on one: how the levy would affect the state’s businesses. Which industries would be hit hardest by the 2 percent tax on revenue? How many jobs would be lost if Question 3 passes in November?
Somebody call 911.
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