Living in Nevada, it’s sometimes easy to forget how large a role the gambling industry plays in civic affairs. After all, we’re used to casinos running the show.
As Nevada continues digging out from the Great Recession, there have been some encouraging signs over the past couple of weeks. On July 11, the Review-Journal’s Alexander Corey reported that Nevada got out of the basement on CNBC’s annual report on the best states for business, jumping from a dismal No. 47 up to a bit more respectable No. 29. That news came on the heels of a July 8 report from the Review-Journal’s Wesley Juhl that Thumbtack.com — a website catering to small-business professionals and customers — rated the Silver State 14th in its annual small business survey.
To the editor:
The government’s budget deficit will drop by almost $100 billion this year — from $680 billion to $583 billion. The deficit is the lowest it’s been since President Obama took office, and $66 billion less than the administration predicted earlier this year when it released its budget.
If money alone could really solve all the problems in K-12 education, students in Nevada and nationwide would be among the best and brightest in the world. But as reported last week by the Review-Journal’s Whip Villarreal, an extensive study by the Nevada Policy Research Institute showed that cash isn’t king, while also making 33 recommendations that could improve public education in the Silver State without further hitting taxpayers.