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.
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Nevada has a prevailing wage law. Which is to say it has an inflated wage law.
Get ready for another Obamacare surprise. As if canceled policies, dropped doctors, higher premiums, higher deductibles and enrollment nightmares aren’t enough, millions of people who were supposed to be most helped by the law are about to be hit with a tax bill. As reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Armour and Louise Radnofsky, as many as half of the 6.8 million people who received Affordable Care Act subsidies in 2014 may have to return some of that money to the government.
The correlation between public-sector collective bargaining and government budgets is undeniable: Unions make government more expensive. The less power unions have, the farther tax dollars go.
The unsustainable growth of Nevada’s local government payrolls is a predictable result of local governments lacking direct control of their pay scales. More often than not, an unelected arbitrator in another state has the final say on what you pay your unionized public servants. More often than not, that arbitrator is sympathetic to labor’s interests, not yours.
Those who believe the United States can tax its way to prosperity should consider the latest news from France. President Francois Hollande had that same belief when he took office in 2012. So he and the Socialist government pushed through a 75 percent “supertax” on individuals who earn 1 million euros or more annually ($1.2 million U.S.).
One of the most urgent tasks before the 2015 Legislature is collective bargaining reform. The question isn’t whether lawmakers should change the way public employee unions negotiate for compensation and job protections, but how far they should go in rewriting state law.
Public information officers provide a valuable service to taxpayers — as long as they serve the public interest and not the interests of government itself.
The pencil outlines of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s vision for Nevada were drawn Monday, when he gave his inaugural address to launch his second and final term. The picture will become much clearer Jan. 15, when Gov. Sandoval unveils his two-year budget, presents his policy priorities and delivers his State of the State address.
The warmth of inaugural speeches and swearing-in ceremonies concealed this ice-cold truth: A whole lot of politicians got fired Monday. And one of them was especially worthy of the curb.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has become a symbol of federal incompetence. In addition to neglecting our veterans through unacceptable delays in processing disability and compensation claims, the VA has routinely harmed them by making them wait months for appointments for routine care and covering up excessive wait times.
This page writes about public records issues so frequently because government can get away with just about anything if it succeeds in blocking access to documents and data. Two stories from last week are instructive in the lengths agencies will go to deny scrutiny of public-sector shortcomings.
As bad as the downtown soccer stadium deal is — and, oh, is it plenty bad — the way in which the city government and the Las Vegas City Council got it done is even worse.
We hear it every election cycle: Fat-cat Republican donors buy elections and are singlehandedly destroying the political process. But these same critics are always noticeably silent when the numbers come out showing which donors shelled out the most cash and where their donations really went.
We live in amazing times. We have access to an unprecedented amount of technology, which gives us equally unprecedented access to information. We can find out virtually anything we want or need to know, anytime, virtually anywhere we go, and we can share our findings — and our thoughts and opinions about those findings — with countless people, many of whom are doing the same exact thing.
The rising cost of higher education is a crisis, but in more ways than you might think. Yes, ever-higher tuition bills price many students out of a university education. But increasing college costs also compel students to take out ever-higher amounts of taxpayer-backed student loans. And, as Jason Delisle pointed out in a Wednesday Wall Street Journal op-ed, an ever-higher number of those loans will never be fully repaid.
The Nevada Supreme Court’s absurdly large caseload usually delays rulings at least a year, sometimes more. But justices haven’t used the court’s backlog as an excuse for unresponsiveness. When an unusually urgent appeal is filed, the court will move it to the front of line to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.
If the 2015 Legislature wants to reward nonperformance, then by all means lawmakers should boost the budget of the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.
Assemblyman Harvey Munford’s bill draft request to boot Bishop Gorman High School’s sports teams from state playoffs is a terrible idea. Not only is the proposed legislation bad policy, it’s an overreach indicative of the poor prioritization that has plagued previous Nevada Legislatures.
The Keystone XL pipeline appears dead for the duration of Barack Obama’s presidency. After dancing around the topic and delaying any sort of action on the project for years, the president provided a concrete position during his year-end White House news conference on Dec. 19, saying that Keystone XL would provide “not even a nominal benefit” to U.S. consumers.
If a student is found to have plagiarized an assignment at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the school’s extensive academic misconduct policy comes into play. The student is given the initial notification of suspicion of plagiarism, followed by a meeting, which can then lead to a formal hearing, followed by a number of possible sanctions if the student is found guilty.
Last weekend, New York City police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ambushed while sitting in their patrol car, executed by a lone shooter. The attack certainly resonated here in Las Vegas, where on June 8, Metro officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were ambushed and killed by two shooters as they had lunch at a pizza place.
It seems Santa had a little something for U.S. drivers this year, too.