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Out of time, out of tax options

Carson City faces quite a conundrum: state budgets are closed, and so is the window for considering anything other than gross receipts and business taxes to fund them.

School maintenance goes missing

Contrary to what taxpayers might have been led to believe, the state’s school construction issue was not resolved by the bond extension that became law in March. It was just a start.

Bill hardly an attack on middle class

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.

GOP infighting could derail Sandoval

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.

City needs new vision for downtown

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.

Take your own advice, governor

“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.”

An irrelevant caucus no more

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.