Working + The Economy


City to county: Vacation rentals are your problem, too

BY: - November 8, 2018

A City of Las Vegas hotline set up to handle complaints about short-term rentals in city neighborhoods has received about 100 calls a month in its three-month existence. The problem – close to 80 percent of the calls reference properties in Clark County, where vacations rentals are banned, not Las Vegas. Southern Nevada is home […]


So now what?

BY: - November 7, 2018

Things might be more cut and dried if Sheldon Adelson and Adam Laxalt had won. Democrats, with hefty majorities in the state Legislature, would have been able to thwart all the truly egregious Adelson/Laxalt policy proposals. Next year’s legislative session would have been full of sound and fury, likely signifying, in the end, nothing much […]


Nov. 1 is Latina Equal Pay Day

BY: - October 31, 2018

Latina workers earn about 54 cents for every dollar earned by white men. And so Nov. 1 will be the day when Latina pay through 2017 plus thus far into 2018 will catch up with what white men earned in 2017. “Put another way, a Latina would have to be in the workforce for 55 […]


Rent or own, “Alternative Lodging” affects you

BY: - October 29, 2018

The vacation rental on your block may be giving you fits but it could also be increasing the value of your home.   The short-term rental segment of the “Shared Economy” is pitting neighbor against neighbor, sparking debate over private property rights, and in a tight market, increasing home prices and long-term rent by taking […]


Budding industry growing like a weed

BY: - October 26, 2018

Nevada’s maiden voyage into the land of legal cannabis is paying off.    Jobs created by the industry and those required to support it are expected to generate just under $1 billion for the state economy this year.   More than half — $607.7 million — is attributed to the spending created by the 5,900 […]

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Lack of affordable child care: Tough on families, drag on the economy

BY: - October 15, 2018

Elizabeth and her husband pay $1,000 per month to keep their two young girls — ages 2 and 4 — in daycare four days a week. The couple considers themselves lucky. They should be paying $1,400 per month but the friend who referred them to their daycare is buddies with its owner, so they snagged […]

SNAP and Medicaid around here

GOP food stamp bill could force state to hire 900 people

BY: - October 11, 2018

The farm bill that passed the U.S. House in July would throw an estimated 13,000 Nevadans off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— more commonly known as food stamps — while forcing the state to hire as many as 900 more case managers to administer new work and training requirements. The legislation, currently stalled in the Senate, […]

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Stadium employs equivalent of 195 full-time workers in first year

BY: - October 10, 2018

When proponents of a publicly funded football stadium wanted to sell lawmakers on the prospect of raising the room tax to pay for $750 million of the $1.9 billion project, they touted the 18,700 construction jobs the stadium would generate — a small but significant dent in the more than 50 thousand construction jobs still […]

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Pew survey: Public support for tax bill hasn’t budged all year

BY: - October 4, 2018

The Republican tax cuts are no more popular now than they were shortly after Donald Trump signed them into law in December. Results of a Pew Research Center survey, “2018 Midterm Voters: Issues and Political Values,” published Thursday found that in January of this year, 37 percent of respondents approved of the tax cuts. Last month, […]

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Improper work classification puts people at risk. Just ask Route 91 bartenders.

BY: - October 1, 2018

Fly-by-night staffing companies that choose to hire people as independent contractors or under-the-table are able to accept lowball contracts from event operators. When these events go smoothly, which is typically the case in a city like Las Vegas that is built off hospitality and special-event expertise, no red flags are raised and all parties involved […]


Shells, sectionals & a sandbox: Laxalt’s half-baked “economic plan”

BY: - September 30, 2018

Things Nevada newcomer Adam Laxalt would like to do if elected governor include but are not limited to: Make Nevada even more of a haven for sketchy shell companies; Allow financial service “innovators” to prey on consumers in new and innovative ways; Let interior decorators decorate interiors without a license. Laxalt floats several other propositions […]


Rosen one of only 3 Democrats voting for GOP “Tax Scam 2.0”

BY: - September 28, 2018

Democratic Senate candidate and current Rep. Jacky Rosen was one of only three Democrats voting with House Republicans to pass a Republican tax cut bill Friday — a bill that Rosen’s Democratic House colleague from Nevada, Dina Titus, slammed as “Tax Scam 2.0.” In an effort to lower the anticipated impact on the deficit of […]