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Nowhere to go but up: About Nevada’s splashy GDP growth

BY: - June 30, 2021

“The new GDP data shows that we have merged into the fast lane of the road to recovery,” Michael Brown, the head of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development said Tuesday. Brown was responding to preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicating Nevada’s gross domestic product grew 10.9% from the 1st quarter of 2020 […]

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 […]

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Gosh, what fate awaits Democrats in 2022?

BY: - June 27, 2021

And not a single Republican voted for it. The party of the president almost always gets clobbered in the first midterm election of the presidency, and Republicans are hoping that holds true in 2022. To be on the safe side, and in the absence of a kitchen-table policy agenda, Republicans are also trying their level […]

‘Right to return’ law far from a guarantee workers will get their jobs back

BY: - June 25, 2021

The struggles of laid-off workers in the tourism industry aren’t ending as swiftly as they began.   “Right to Return,” the high-profile legislation that the Culinary union spearheaded and some casinos fought, which will give some laid-off workers priority when hiring for their old jobs, is set to go into effect July 1. How the law […]

Biden and bipartisan senators clinch a deal on $1.2T infrastructure plan

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Thursday they’ve struck a deal on the outlines of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, marking a breakthrough on federal dollars for road and bridge projects after weeks of negotiations—but with significant hurdles still ahead. President Joe Biden stood with the 10 senators […]

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Labor Secretary says investment in home care workers needed to avert crisis

BY: - June 24, 2021

A proposed $400-billion investment in the nation’s home caregiving infrastructure is needed to prevent a massive crisis in the industry, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said in Las Vegas Wednesday. The amount is included in the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan, the infrastructure legislation that has been going through intense negotiations in Washington. Counterproposals from Republicans […]

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Sisolak: Some Nevada jobs ‘aren’t coming back’

BY: - June 23, 2021

As the economy begins to rebound following the pandemic and both state and federal governments assess the damage from record job loss, Gov. Steve Sisolak said some workers will need to acquire additional skills to secure new job opportunities.  Speaking alongside the U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, the two announced Tuesday during a roundtable at […]

Child tax credit cash for Nevada families starts in July

BY: - June 22, 2021

Nevada families should start receiving monthly payments in mid-July, part of a federal economic recovery plan that is expected to benefit hundreds of thousands of children across the state. The Child Tax Credit is normally a $2,000 tax credit applied on parents’ or qualified caregivers’ annual income tax return. But as part of the American […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with fast-approaching state laws on rights of student athletes

BY: - June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. But the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on what a potential federal law […]

World of Concrete returns, but recovery for convention workers isn’t set

BY: - June 9, 2021

The first large convention in Las Vegas since March 2020 is happening this week — but for the majority of convention workers, recovery is not yet in sight. At a media event Tuesday morning, Gov. Steve Sisolak and other officials celebrated the return of World of Concrete, marketed as “the only annual international event dedicated […]

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Nevada poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

BY: - June 8, 2021

A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images.  It’s been against the rules governing collegiate sports for student athletes to make a profit off their name or image— a practice that’s commonplace in professional […]

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Student loan measure aims to tame ‘wild west of consumer finance’

BY: - May 28, 2021

Update: Assembly Bill 382 failed to pass on the Assembly floor. It needed a two-thirds majority, but fell one vote short. All the Assembly Democrats voted for it, but only one Republican, Jill Tolles of Reno, voted for it, and it would have taken all Democrats plus two Republicans to reach two-thirds. The Nevada Legislature […]