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Bruton Smith goes so far back in NASCAR history that you’d need a telescopic rear-view mirror to see his beginnings. Relatively speaking, he’s still a newcomer to Southern Nevada, having bought Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1998, two years after the track opened. But he’s made plenty of history here in that short time, just as he has at the numerous other tracks owned by his Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Before the clock runs out on the 2015 Legislature, Gov. Brian Sandoval and lawmakers are turning it back in pursuit of a policy that previously helped Nevada deal with perennial teacher shortages.
In case lawmakers needed a reminder, our support of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget — and the tax increases needed to fund it — is conditional. Major government reforms must be part of the deal. And with less than a week remaining in the 2015 Legislature, not enough of those reforms have passed.
With less than a week remaining in the 2015 Nevada Legislature and a budget standoff looking less and less resolvable, Gov. Brian Sandoval and lawmakers on both sides of the state’s tax debate must decide whether their lines in the sand are worth defending in special session.
There is no federal bureacracy more plagued by incompetence than the Department of Veterans Affairs. Not only has the VA neglected our veterans through unacceptable delays in processing disability and compensation claims, it has also routinely made veterans wait too long for care. Across the country, VA officials have covered up information that documents the depths of the department’s dysfunction so they could collect bonuses. And it’s nearly impossible to fire anyone responsible.
Every Memorial Day we see heartfelt tributes to our troops and veterans. They’re worthy of year-round thanks, especially with so many military personnel serving abroad and returning home.
The state shouldn’t need laws that mandate common sense. But the ridiculous overreach of “zero tolerance” school rules that fail to distinguish between toy weapons and real ones, between make believe and real threats, between first graders and teenagers, has forced the Nevada Legislature to bypass school boards in pursuit of a badly needed statewide disciplinary policy.
State lawmakers are not fans of the initiative petition process. That’s why they always try to make it harder for citizens to put referendums and constitutional amendments before their fellow voters.
Any business that wants to stay in business has to be smart with its money — whether it’s a Fortune 500 company, a mom-and-pop shop, or arguably the biggest rock band on the planet.
Nevada’s underperforming K-12 schools aren’t the only campuses stuck with low ratings. Higher education has its problems, too, particularly when it comes to free speech at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno.
A majority of Americans support the decriminalization of marijuana because they believe law enforcement resources are wasted prosecuting pot users. Las Vegas police haven’t picked up on the change in public opinion.
The political tug of war between state Senate and Assembly Republicans could kill one of the most important reform proposals of the 2015 Nevada Legislature and allow an abusive police practice to continue largely unchecked.
In case Nevadans needed another reason why ride-sharing services such as Uber must be allowed to operate in the state, the Taxicab Authority Board provided one at its Tuesday meeting.
Give Gov. Brian Sandoval credit for backing off a fight he couldn’t win. The keystone of his plan to fund a $7.4 billion budget, a business license fee based on a company’s gross receipts, did not have the votes to pass the Assembly.
It’s been more than a month since Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign. Since then, she and her staff have been active on social media, proclaiming that “we need to fix the dysfunctional political system,” and that she, unlike the GOP, is “looking forward to a real discussion” about the issues facing American families. She has talked a lot about access to the American dream.
Ask anyone whether they support free speech and they’ll almost certainly respond in the affirmative — until they are confronted with expression that offends or attacks them.
With two weeks remaining in the 2015 Legislature, pension reform ranks high among lawmakers’ most important unfinished business. The state retirement system for public employees is underfunded by billions of dollars and already is squeezing government budgets because of rising contribution rates for overly generous benefits.
Journalists and watchdogs can’t tell you what government agencies are doing if those agencies don’t provide public information they are legally required to provide. Not surprisingly, many government agencies are quite adept at withholding information.
The federal government owns more than 80 percent of Nevada’s land. But for Washington, too much is never enough. Now the Obama administration wants to make a sizable chunk of that property even less accessible to the taxpayers who own it.
A larger, more powerful federal government hits taxpayers from all sides. In addition to income tax withholding, Washington increasingly imposes costs on state and local governments that create pressure for even more tax increases. Case in point: the creation of an entirely new state division to appease an overreaching federal bureaucracy.
The idea that an elected official can be impartially investigated by a police agency overseen by that official is ridiculous. It’s such an obvious conflict of interest that any in-house criminal inquiry is a waste of time and resources. An outside agency immune from political pressure must be brought in to ensure independence and protect the integrity of whatever case is built.
An already risky bet on downtown redevelopment is turning into a reckless gamble. And City Hall’s lack of openness smacks of an alarming contempt of legitimate taxpayer concerns.
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