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Biden student debt forgiveness plan on temporary hold after appeals court ruling

BY: and - October 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from carrying out its student loan forgiveness plan, until the court makes a determination on a request for an injunction brought by six Republican-led states, according to multiple media reports. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is giving the Biden administration […]

NV lithium extraction and battery manufacturing facilities get $107M federal boost

BY: - October 21, 2022

New battery manufacturing facilities are coming to Nevada and will receive more than $100 million dollars of federal funding, a move meant to fulfill the Biden Administration’s commitment to ensure that half of all new vehicle sales by 2030 are electric and to transition to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. Two Nevada companies specializing […]

Small businesses want Congress to lower health costs, but fear it ‘will do nothing,’ survey says

BY: - October 20, 2022

Ahead of the November elections, nearly 80% of small business owners want federal lawmakers to help lower the costs of health care, according to a national survey of 1,209 business owners. And more than half of those surveyed expect to be disappointed. “The cost of health coverage has real-world consequences for small businesses that affect […]

COMMENTARY

The price of gas doesn’t care who you vote for

BY: - October 20, 2022

Voters tell pollsters their top concern is inflation, and the rising cost voters point to most frequently is the price of gas. The price of gas is also the problem elected officials can do least about. Republicans contend Biden Administration policies are to blame for gas prices, because a clean energy agenda has thwarted energy […]

In attempt to curb gas prices, Biden will release oil from emergency reserve

BY: - October 19, 2022

President Joe Biden will authorize the release of 15 million barrels of oil from the nation’s reserves on Wednesday, part of an effort to lower gas prices. The release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a four-site complex of deep underground storage caverns along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coasts, will complete Biden’s pledge in March […]

Nevada revenue exceeds projections by $1 billion

BY: - October 14, 2022

The State of Nevada is collecting significantly more revenue than projected – around $1 billion this fiscal year. Fiscal analysts on Thursday presented updated data to the Economic Forum, a five-member panel of private-sector financial experts tasked with projecting the revenue numbers used by the governor and state legislature when setting the state budget. The […]

Horsford, Peters debate abortion, inflation in race for CD4

BY: - October 13, 2022

In a campaign year with unusually few debates between contenders for high-profile offices, candidates running in Nevada’s 4th congressional district faced off in two debates within one week, sparring over abortion access, inflation and priorities moving forward.  Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford and Sam Peters, a retired U.S. Air Force major, answered a range […]

Nevada second in September foreclosure filings

BY: - October 13, 2022

Nevada is second only to Illinois in the number of mortgage defaults filed last month. In Illinois, one of every 1,959 housing units is in a stage of the foreclosure process, and in Nevada one in every 2,473 units in default, according to ATTOM, a real estate data and marketing research firm.    The Las […]

Costs of incarceration rise as inflation squeezes inmates, families

BY: - October 12, 2022

Across the nation, prison commissaries are raising prices on items that many consider basic necessities — from deodorant to fresh fruit — not provided by the state department of corrections. The markups come as decades-high inflation is also squeezing inmates’ families, making it harder for them to help.  It’s a burden that families shouldn’t have […]

COMMENTARY

The only bad thing about switching from gas is it isn’t done yet

BY: - October 10, 2022

One day in 1991 when I was a reporter in Casper, Wyoming, the Amoco oil refinery shut down. Needless to say Amoco blamed all those darned burdensome federal environmental regulations. Those regulations (under a Republican administration at the time but I digress) must have been incredibly harsh and burdensome indeed: If I recall, a few […]

What Nevada’s Question 2 means for the state’s minimum wage

BY: - September 28, 2022

Nevadans this November will have the opportunity to establish a $12 per hour minimum wage for almost all employees in the state. Currently, Nevada has a two-tiered minimum wage system: The minimum wage allowed for employees who are offered qualifying health insurance is $1 less per hour than the minimum wage rate allowed for employees […]

COMMENTARY

The Inflation Reduction Act will lower costs for Nevada’s families

BY: - September 26, 2022

I worked hard for decades to set myself up for retirement. After a career in public service running Nevada’s unemployment insurance fraud program, I built a small business specializing in helping grieving families deal with personal property estates. During all these years, I paid into Social Security and Medicare. At 62, I want reassurance that […]