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.
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In case Nevada lawmakers needed a reminder of the urgent need for major public-sector collective bargaining reforms, Clark County and the Service Employees International Union were kind enough to provide them with one last week.
There are few things that politicians love to do more than play games with words, especially when it comes to government spending.
Assembly Bill 460 might as well be called the “Make the Lieutenant Governor Relevant Act.”
If a candidate seeking election to the Legislature doesn’t live in the district he or she seeks to represent, that candidate should be prohibited from taking office. It shouldn’t matter which party the candidate is affiliated with or which party is in the Legislature’s majority.
Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen oversees a city that employs six of his relatives in full-time jobs, with salaries ranging from $63,000 to more than $100,000. But he had nothing to do with their hiring.
Manny Pacquiao managed to give both boxing and the state of Nevada a black eye, not because of any punch he threw against Floyd Mayweather Jr. during Saturday night’s megafight at the MGM Grand Garden, but because he couldn’t punch hard enough to make the bout competitive.
If Nevada abandons its presidential caucuses in favor of a primary, it should do so because it serves the interests of voters, not the interests of a dysfunctional state Republican Party.
RIP, Riviera. You’ll be remembered fondly, but you won’t be missed.
Today Hillary Clinton makes her first campaign stop in Las Vegas as an announced presidential candidate, and she couldn’t have scripted a clearer acknowledgment that illegal immigration has had a profound effect on public education.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says the total amount of U.S. student loan debt has quintupled since 2004, surpassing both credit card and auto loan debt as the single biggest nonhousing liability in the country. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau compares the student loan industry to the subprime mortgage market prior to the explosion of the housing bubble and warns that such an unsustainable amount of debt will severely limit the ability of young Americans to buy homes, create businesses and save for retirement.
There’s just one problem with a resolution to end Nevada’s pointless, twice-annual clock changes: It can’t take effect soon enough.
A University of Nevada, Reno delegation was thoroughly schooled by lawmakers Wednesday in the very skill their institution is supposed to provide: critical thinking.
The alarmism that dominates opposition to firearm legislation trashes law-abiding gun owners out of necessity. Arguments must focus on the carnage of lawbreakers to advance the gun control agenda and prevent the expansion of gun rights.
Democrats believe Obamacare needs fixing after all.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has a net worth of $4.2 billion, is fairly accustomed to getting whatever he wants. In November, he wanted the fight of the millennium: undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. against fellow boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. Mr. Jones would have staged the megafight at his glitzy palace, the 100,000-seat AT&T Stadium, arguing that he could produce the largest gate in boxing history.
As the public and policymakers better understand the depth of the country’s domestic violence problem, the political pressure to create new prosecutorial tools and victim protections grows — even if they trample the rights of defendants.
A little more than a month remains in the 2015 Legislature, and lawmakers have lost their sense of balance.
Nevada schools are all too familiar with bad news about testing. The poor reputation of the state’s education system is rooted in years of lousy data from standardized exams. But Nevada’s latest testing failure is in an entirely different class.
The suffering taxpayers of North Las Vegas shouldn’t be surprised if they’re served with a divorce filing in the coming months. Their Municipal Court, already hopelessly disconnected from the people it serves because of arrogant, vindictive practices, wants to break up with City Hall.
A car is a big purchase — so big that, as with homes, millions of Americans perform maintenance and repairs and make modifications themselves. Some do it out of economic necessity. Some do it for fun.
Clark County commissioners were in rare form Tuesday, expressing shock — Shock! — and outrage — Outrage! — over abuses carried out by court-appointed guardians. Last week, the Review-Journal reported the miserable oversight failures of the system that’s supposed to protect the estates of thousands of elderly and mentally incapacitated residents, and in their first meeting since those reports, commissioners were eager to blame anyone but themselves.
No, the tax increase sought by Gov. Brian Sandoval to fund new education spending isn’t law yet. But the celebration surrounding Tuesday’s Senate passage of a tiered, revenue-based state business license fee sure made it look like a done deal.