Another fast-food strike came and went Thursday, led by groups such as the Service Employees International Union, Fast Food Forward and Fight For 15, all for the goal of more than doubling the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to a whopping $15 an hour.
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For years, taxpayers in flat-broke municipalities have been faced with a crushing burden: No matter how far they and their governments fell, they’d still be on the hook for every dime of promised pension benefits to current and retired public-sector workers.
How do you know when a law is especially awful? When it creates a perverse incentive to divorce your spouse. Such is the case with the Affordable Care Act.
It’s easy to say the United States is all about supporting its veterans, the people who served and sacrificed to protect Americans’ freedoms.
The Devil’s Hole pupfish might be the most expensive swimmer on the planet.
Aspen Financial Services took the damage-control strategy of attacking the messenger to an outrageous new level. When local journalist Dana Gentry started reporting on the company’s dismal performance and disgruntled investors, Aspen and its chief, Jeff Guinn (son of late former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn) filed a subpoena to examine her sources of information.
Emotions shouldn’t guide public policy. However, emotional arguments are the favorite currency of a fast-rising lobby: animal lovers. Time and again, that currency pays off.
The costly, counterproductive war on drugs has turned the United States into incarceration nation. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, 716 of every 100,000 people in this country are locked up, by far the highest rate in the world, well ahead of such beacons of freedom as Rwanda, Cuba and Russia.
If violations of state ethics laws are never punished, what’s the point in having ethics laws? If violators can cut deals before an ethics investigation even starts, why have an Ethics Commission?
Nevada’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 9.3 percent. In Southern Nevada, the rate is 9.4 percent, with more than 92,000 people looking for work. Although the region clearly is through the worst of the economic downturn, with home values rising and taxable sales steadily increasing, its job market is still among the most discouraging in the country.