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Brian Sandoval: Hot or not?

BY: - December 24, 2018

Brian Sandoval won the governor’s office in 2010, when Republicans were in the throes of Tea Party passion. As he leaves office, his party has surrendered to Trump and Trumpism. Whether through sense, or temperament, or both, Sandoval became neither a Tea Party darling nor a Trump sycophant, instead building a brand as what has become […]

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A year after the tax cut, wages, bonuses not as hot as promised

BY: - December 14, 2018

Remember early this year when Republicans (including here in Nevada, Sen. Dean Heller) were crowing about all the bonuses and raises that workers were getting as a result of the tax cut bill that became law last year about this time? Yeah, not so much. Economic Policy Institute economist Lawrence Mishel analyzed recently released Bureau […]

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Don’t let automation tomorrow distract from pay today

BY: - December 12, 2018

As you may have heard, horrifying studies say Las Vegas is one of the most likely places in the solar system for automation to replace oodles and oodles of jobs. Because jobs in hotels and travel and food service are among those most likely to be automated. For example, a famous study from Oxford researchers […]


To buy or not to buy? Is consumer confidence hampering the housing boom?

BY: - December 11, 2018

With some homeowners still recovering from the Great Recession and the housing crash that decimated Nevada’s market, is the economy about to falter, threatening to plunge Nevadans underwater again? The “R” word is punctuating news reports at an increasing rate.  The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates again. Corporations are perilously over-leveraged.  And […]

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Bill would reinstate aviation tax breaks

BY: - December 10, 2018

In 2015, the Nevada Legislature gave sales and use tax abatements to the aviation parts and maintenance industry. “This measure will allow Nevada to be more competitive in aviation transportation and the burgeoning unmanned aerial vehicle industry,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said when he signed the bill. But the legislation was eliminated in 2017 — unintentionally, […]

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Rehab giant closes facilities, lays off workers

BY: - December 6, 2018

American Addiction Centers, one of the nation’s largest for-profit drug and alcohol recovery chains, with facilities in Las Vegas, is closing centers in California and Louisiana and laying off employees, including an undisclosed number of workers in Las Vegas. AAC owns Solutions Recovery, Resolutions and Desert Hope in Southern Nevada. The Current has obtained an […]

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More divorce, less income and other Nevada notes from new Census report

BY: - December 6, 2018

Compared to the rest of the nation, Nevadans make less money, are more likely to be divorced, less likely to be white, and more likely to own their own homes. Those are some of points gleaned from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates for 2013-17, which were released by the Census Bureau Thursday. The ACS “is […]

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Homeless working Nevadans have a hard job

BY: - December 5, 2018

Brett Yadon knew he could get a call for temp work at any given moment. Being homeless and living in the shelter at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, last minute job opportunities would leave him scrambling trying to figure out how to get to where he needed to go work. “You know they are going […]

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Little Tariff Man

BY: - December 4, 2018

Hey, this thing ain’t got no bill of rights! argued those who were opposed to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Or words to that effect. No problem, ratify this puppy and we’ll get cracking on your Bill o’ Rights lickety-split, promised James Madison. Or words to that effect. Madison was by some accounts mildly […]

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Sisolak echoes Sandoval, urges Gaming Commission to act on sexual harassment rules

BY: - November 30, 2018

Gaming Commission members are so far ignoring a call from Governor Brian Sandoval to consider proposed rules to help protect hotel and casino workers from sexual harassment.  Now, Sandoval’s successor, Governor-elect Steve Sisolak is echoing the governor’s call for action. “Governor-elect Sisolak agrees with Governor Sandoval that the proposed amendments should be added to the […]

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Titus goes to bat again for hungry kids

BY: - November 28, 2018

For close to two-thirds of Clark County students, the free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches they receive at school may be the most nutritious meals, or even their primary source of food, throughout the week. “That’s more than 203,000 students who face hunger at home and come to school unprepared to learn,” says Rep. Dina […]

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Nevada’s precarious labor rate among nation’s highest

BY: - November 27, 2018

Earlier this month the state reported that unemployment in Nevada, though still above the national rate of 3.7 percent, had dipped a tenth of a point to 4.4 percent in October. But that’s the headline “U3” rate. The “U6” rate — defined as “total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time […]