Working + The Economy

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Pregnant women in Nevada must scramble for stability, support

BY: - August 5, 2019

If you are an MGM Resorts employee in Macau and give birth, you will be able to take 70 days of paid leave to recover from pregnancy and adjust to life with a newborn. Meanwhile, if you are an MGM Resorts employee in Las Vegas and you give birth, your options depend largely on how […]

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Raiders Stadium construction jobs a fraction of projections thus far

BY: - August 2, 2019

With a little more than a year to go before the Las Vegas Raiders are scheduled to kick off their inaugural season, construction of the Las Vegas Stadium has provided the full-time equivalent of fewer than 1,000 on-site jobs, a fraction of the employment projections provided to lawmakers who voted to provide $750 million in […]

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Turns out firing people is good for shareholders

BY: - July 31, 2019

MGM Resorts released its quarterly financial report last week, and a preponderance of professional expert-texpert market watchers agree: firing people makes shareholders happy. MGM hoped as much. The company’s quarterly report and accompanying corporate presentation all but gush over the wondrous effects of “our new operating model,” MGM 2020 — a key part of which […]

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Child care costs more than college, rivals rent in Nevada, says data

BY: - July 29, 2019

In order to pay for one infant in daycare, a minimum wage worker in Nevada would need to work full time for 35 weeks — and not spend a dime of their paycheck on anything else. And while the financial burden lessens the more a worker makes, child care is still considered unaffordable for the […]

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State estimates Trump plan would toss 46,000 Nevadans from SNAP

BY: - July 26, 2019

  One in 10 Nevadans currently enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would lose their benefits under a federal proposal to change eligibility requirements. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a proposal to tighten restrictions on eligibility for the federal program by removing an option for states to automatically […]

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Nurse practitioners are one part of solution to NV’s doctor shortage

BY: - July 26, 2019

When it comes to fixing Nevada’s well-documented doctor shortage, much of the attention has focused on the opening of UNLV’s medical school and the expansion of physician residency options in Southern Nevada. But there is another, often-overlooked piece of the state’s healthcare puzzle. Nurses. More specifically, advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs. These medical professionals, […]


RTC competes for Strip passengers as residents lack bus service

BY: - July 25, 2019

The public agency that keeps the buses running is at a crossroads.   With its bread-and-butter Las Vegas Strip route no longer turning a profit and unable to subsidize other routes, the RTC is turning to other ways to make money.   Trip to Strip, a pilot program featuring on-demand shuttles, is designed to compete with taxis […]

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3.1 million people could lose SNAP benefits. Thanks to you know who.

BY: - July 24, 2019

The Trump administration wants to kick 3.1 million people across the country off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday it wants to tighten restrictions on eligibility for the federal program, which is sometimes referred to as “food stamps.” Currently, states have the option to automatically approve […]

Tax hike dominates joint meeting of county commission, school board

BY: - July 19, 2019

A historic joint meeting of the Clark County Commission and the Clark County School District Board Thursday night yielded a wish-list of programs worth pursuing, but no agreement on what to prioritize or whether to fund it.  State lawmakers passed enabling legislation this year allowing local governments to raise sales taxes to pay for a […]


SNWA unanimously votes to extend quarter-cent sales tax

BY: - July 18, 2019

The Southern Nevada Water Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday to ask the Clark County Commission to make permanent a quarter-cent sales tax that has collected $1.5 billion dollars since 1999. A letter of approval will be drafted and sent to the Clark County Commission with the caveat that none of the funds from […]

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U.S. House passes what Nevada Legislature wouldn’t: $15 minimum wage

BY: - July 18, 2019

The U.S. House Thursday voted to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.  The measure has virtually no chance of being enacted by the Republican-controlled Senate. But it will be widely touted by Democrats heading into the 2020 campaign season. The current federal minimum wage is less than half of that […]

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Henderson approves short-term rentals, promises enforcement

BY: - July 17, 2019

Until now, local governments, which are partially dependent on tax revenue generated by tourists who sleep in hotels, have been at a loss on how to rein in the disruption behemoth that is Airbnb.   Efforts to license short-term rental operators have failed, largely for lack of an effective means of tracking those who fail to […]