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Windfall for schools brings no guarantees

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?

A way to settle More Cops stalemate

A sales tax increase to boost police funding across Southern Nevada is in limbo, not likely to resurface again this year, but not officially dead until July 1, 2016, the statutory deadline for the Clark County Commission to boost the rate by up to 0.15 percentage points.

Reid wades in river of denial

Harry Reid has long loved having it both ways, saying one thing and doing another, and otherwise refusing to admit to his own words and deeds. But last week’s dizzying display of denial was stunning, even by the Senate majority leader’s own low standards.

Judges want a VIP endorsement?

Judges and judicial candidates must be careful with whom they associate. The judiciary is supposed to be beyond reproach. A single sketchy relationship can impugn the integrity of the bench.

Taxpayers, prepare to lose again

If you could choose, would you preserve valley police jobs at the expense of other, less-important public-sector positions, or would you pay higher taxes to bail out police budgets so the rest of the government workforce could collect big, fat pay raises?

Accountability in New Jersey, not D.C.

The national media are advancing on New Jersey, drawn by the smell of Republican blood. Gov. Chris Christie’s administration indeed was behind “Bridgegate,” and for that, the presidential hopeful must provide a full accounting.

Enough to make you sick

Donald Munn is a poster boy, a pinata and a lightning rod. Depending on how you look at the facts, he’s either the unluckiest, most persecuted public employee of our time or Taxpayer Enemy No. 1.

Medical marijuana going to pot?

It took medical marijuana advocates more than 12 years to persuade the Nevada Legislature to enable the lawful sale of the drug through dispensaries. It might take as long for Southern Nevada governments to allow those dispensaries to actually open their doors.

District in race for more space

All the local discussions about lifting student achievement through class-size reduction, expanded full-day kindergarten, expanded pre-kindergarten and intensified English Language Learner instruction are putting the cart before the horse.