As each week of the 2015 Nevada Legislature goes by, the urgency to pass Senate Bill 119 — or an amended version of it — increases substantially.
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Behold the arrogance of the Las Vegas City Council. Taxpayers might never again see a government body so determined to slap them across the face.
President Barack Obama promised to create “the most transparent administration in history.”
The Obama administration believes the Internet needs fixing, and that they’re just the folks to do it.
The overworked Nevada Supreme Court finally gets some relief today. Not from the state’s new intermediate appellate court, which began work last month.
Speaking of limiting public access to public business, the city of Henderson has taken its irresponsibly insular culture to new lows by threatening employees with termination for talking to journalists.
The bid to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to downtown Las Vegas is all but dead, which means it’s time for the supporters of a tax-subsidized stadium to start pointing fingers. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and City Councilman Bob Coffin, who want to give tax money to private developers so badly that they tried to block a public vote on the transfer, have found their scapegoat: this newspaper.
Remember the warnings of economic harm when the country’s extended unemployment benefits ended a little more than a year ago? Like so many doomsday predictions from Washington, they didn’t come true.
Gov. Brian Sandoval has proposed a $7.3 billion general fund budget for the next biennium. To help fund that budget, he has decided that where there’s smoke, there should be higher taxes.
The vast majority of multinational companies support reforming U.S. corporate taxes. If polled, they would generally agree that the goal of the reform should be to make America more competitive internationally so more money can flow here, more investments can be made, more jobs can be created and the economy can grow more quickly.
Opposition to the city’s unpopular soccer stadium proposal keeps growing. Not that the city officials pushing this boondoggle care.
To see world-class contortion in Nevada, you can buy a ticket to a Cirque du Soleil show or other acrobatic act on the Strip, or you can go to a legislative hearing and watch union leaders try to construct credible arguments against badly needed, money-saving labor reforms.
When President Barack Obama starts talking about “loopholes,” it means he wants more spending money at the expense of economic growth.
The extortion investigation surrounding freshman Assemblyman Chris Edwards threatens to bring to Carson City something many lawmakers clearly fear: complete transparency.
State lawmakers began work Monday, three months after most of them were elected. Depending on how things play out during the first weeks of the 2015 Legislature, three months from now some of those lawmakers could find themselves on the ballot again — before the end of the regular session.
Triumph or train wreck? Boom or bust? The Nevada Legislature convenes its 2015 regular session today amid high hopes for bold reforms and pessimistic fears of an epic partisan meltdown.
The domestic energy boom — fossil fuels, not renewables — is largely responsible for the country’s economic growth. As he does with so many issues, President Barack Obama wants it both ways. He takes credit for increased energy production on private lands — the administration couldn’t tout recovery otherwise — yet he does all he can to close off exploration on public lands that hold massive amounts of oil and natural gas.
The Nevada Legislature convenes Monday to start work on an agenda that could change the state forever. Education, labor and pension overhauls. Tort reform. A UNLV medical school. Those policy ideas, proposed tax increases and Gov. Brian Sandoval’s ambitious budget will consume much of the 2015 session.
The Las Vegas Valley has a growing population of more than 2 million, yet the only allopathic medical school in the state is 450 miles away in Reno, a city with a population of about 234,000.
Drilling “the rich” with ever-higher taxes is problematic because there aren’t nearly enough wealthy people to pay for everything government wants. President Barack Obama finally has figured this out. But instead of reining in government, he tried to go where the big money is: the middle class.
If Gov. Brian Sandoval and state lawmakers are serious about pushing Nevada’s economy into the 21st century and putting more people to work, they’ll follow the lead of Portsmouth, N.H., and Arizona taxi regulators.
No matter how much the Legislature has on its plate, no matter how important and deep the agendas of party leaders, lawmakers can count on government figures asking for more power to limit public access to public business.
The 2015 regular session of the Nevada Legislature starts Monday, but we can make a pretty safe prediction about how it will end June 1: in a rush that keeps the public in the dark.