Working + The Economy

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

BY: - April 22, 2022

President Joe Biden’s climate agenda took a hit this month when the Interior Department said it would open 144,000 acres of federal land up for oil and gas development to comply with a court order to restart fossil fuel development. The announcement marked yet another setback for a presidential climate plan that was once seen […]

Uncertainty over pandemic, inflation, Ukraine cloud economic outlook

BY: - April 21, 2022

Economists at UNLV predict Nevada’s economy will remain in recovery mode for the remainder of the year, “but the picture is less clear for 2023,” says the biannual Outlook report released Wednesday by the school’s Center for Business and Economic Research.  “Economic recovery depends to a large extent on a continued recovery from the pandemic […]

Dems need to quit hand-wringing and ‘talk about what we did get done,’ Titus says

BY: - April 20, 2022

A number of legislative priorities in the Biden Administration appear all but dead, sometimes thanks to a pair of recalcitrant Democratic senators, but overwhelmingly due to Republican opposition. But during a streamed event this week organized by the National Organization for Women, Nevada’s three Democratic members of the House of Representatives said despite the legislative […]

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Despite strong job growth, Nevada unemployment rate still among nation’s highest

BY: - April 15, 2022

Amid rising inflation, Nevada continues to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation despite a steady growth of jobs in the state. According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in April, Nevada was among three states with reported March unemployment rates of 5% or more. Nevada tied with Alaska […]

Cortez Masto working on tax credits for battery, rare earth industries

BY: - April 15, 2022

Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is crafting legislation to give tax credits to  battery and rare earth magnet manufacturers to increase production of materials used in electric vehicles and other technologies, an effort she says would create more jobs in the state’s mineral processing and recycling sector. Members of the Senate Energy and Natural […]

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For Nevada’s workforce, the game’s still the same

BY: - April 14, 2022

It’s always some scheme. The battery factory, the football field, the Blockchains fiasco. During the Great Recession, when misery and despair were literally ruining countless Nevada households, the centerpiece proposal to help the economy offered up by state Democratic lawmakers was … film tax credits. It’s easier to laugh now than it was then. There’s […]

Red Rock Casino ordered to negotiate contract with Culinary Union

BY: - April 13, 2022

An Administrative Law Judge ruled Tuesday that Red Rock Casino must bargain with Culinary Local 226, despite the union’s prior election loss at the resort.   The union argued that before the December 2019 election it received signed authorization cards from at least 60% of eligible employees, but only 46% voted for the union during the […]

U.S. lawmakers look for path ahead on billions in restaurant, small business aid

BY: - April 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Restaurants and other businesses that have survived more than two years of COVID-19 restrictions could see an infusion of federal dollars in the coming months, as long as U.S. lawmakers reach final agreement on a multibillion-dollar package. The U.S. House has approved a bill with $42 billion for restaurants and $13 billion for a hard-hit […]

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Nevada ranks as 2nd most expensive state for payday loan borrowers

BY: - April 7, 2022

Borrowing $500 from a payday loan? New research from Pew Charitable Trusts says Nevadans are charged an average of 602% and paying $924 for an installment short-term loan paid over the course of four months. Only in Idaho do payday borrowers pay more, according to the research. In 18 states and the District of Columbia, […]

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Pause on federal student loan repayments extended by Biden through Aug. 31

BY: - April 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Wednesday announced its plans to extend the pause on federal student loan repayments until the end of August. “I recognized in recently extending the COVID-19 national emergency, we are still recovering from the pandemic and the unprecedented economic disruption it caused,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.  “If loan payments […]

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Increased Medicaid coverage for immigrants linked to reversal of ‘public charge’ rule

BY: - April 7, 2022

Medicaid enrollment among Nevada’s immigrant population has risen dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, a development officials attribute not only to extended pandemic eligibility during the health emergency, but also to the Biden administration rolling back the Trump-era “public charge” rule that deterred immigrants from seeking medical and housing benefits. During the Trump administration, immigrants who […]

House panel grills oil executives at hearing on gas prices

BY: - April 7, 2022

Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices. Over nearly six hours, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and executives from six oil companies […]