Nevada public sector workforce shrank during the pandemic

BY: - September 14, 2021

Nevada’s non-education public sector workforce is down 5.2% compared to pre-pandemic, according to a new analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts. Comparing employment data from July 2021 with July 2019, Pew found that 14 states recorded declines of more than 5% in their state and local governments, excluding education jobs. Almost a dozen states reported larger […]

Feds approve Nevada’s $1.07 billion K-12 federal relief plan

BY: - September 13, 2021

Nevada’s plan to spend $1.07 billion in covid federal relief money on its K-12 system received approval Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Nevada was allocated $1.07 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) money as part of the American Rescue Plan in March. Two-thirds of that money — $715 million […]

Titus says infrastructure bill & $3.5T budget resolution ‘have to go together’

BY: - August 13, 2021

Requiring employers to provide paid family and medical leave was one of the many priorities laid out by Senate Democrats this week in a $3.5 trillion budget resolution framework.  Speaking Thursday at the “Paid Leave for All” national bus tour, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus called it “an investment in human infrastructure,” and just as important […]

‘Big and bold’ infrastructure bill still falls short on helping states fight climate change

BY: - August 6, 2021

The Senate is poised to pass a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would upgrade state transportation networks, electric grids, water systems and more. It’s a major spending boost and potential job-creator that yet falls short of the administration’s goals to address climate change and reduce its effects in the states. The White House worked […]

State seeks community input on investing federal funds to fix historic problems

BY: - August 4, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, Nevada landed on the bottom of just about every national ranking on education, affordable housing, mental health, social services and health care spending.  The lack of investment in various systems over the years caught up to the state when the threat of Covid-19 caused a statewide shutdown and exacerbated long festering […]

Clark County commissioners consider voluntary vaccine disclosure for workers

BY: - August 3, 2021

Clark County government employees who don’t voluntarily disclose they’ve received a coronavirus vaccination could be required to obtain weekly tests on their own time, should commissioners vote later this month on a proposal designed to increase the vaccination rate. The proposal is the result of emergency meetings between county management and employee unions. It would […]

Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

BY: - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. But the White House said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been unable […]

Metro predominantly white and male as it nears milestone 

BY: - August 2, 2021

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department marks its 50th anniversary on July 1, 2023, a landmark it may reach without ever having a woman in the highest ranks of leadership — sheriff, undersheriff or assistant sheriff.   Black police of both genders are also a rarity among Metro’s hierarchy, evidenced by the department’s organizational chart featured […]

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting this week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes […]

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON —The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities. Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt new […]

‘Pedestrian Safety Zones’ could become Nevada’s next school zones

BY: - July 2, 2021

Every year, dozens of people are killed trying to cross Nevada roadways. A new concept hopes to reduce those numbers. It’s called a pedestrian safety zone. They are designed to reduce driving speeds and raise driver awareness in areas where people are at a higher risk of being struck and killed in collisions with motor […]

New debit card sparks new worries about unemployment benefits

BY: - June 30, 2021

Nevada unemployment claimants—many of whom have already faced months-long delays to receive their benefits, and struggled to reach help from an office running on ‘vintage’ software—will receive their benefits through a new bank starting Thursday, and some are wary the change could leave them behind.   Starting July 1, claimants will receive their benefits on […]