Real Issues In Federal Tax Reform

By Ron Knecht and James Smack – 7November2017
Republicans in the house of representatives have introduced their tax bill, and congress and the president intend to pass some version of tax reform promptly.  As folks consider the details and try to craft a package that will pass, let’s first remind ourselves what are the main principles, goals and problems facing tax reform.
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Ron Knecht’s Re-election Statement

By Ron Knecht, Nevada Controller – 25Oct.17
In 2018, I’ll be running for re-election as Nevada Controller.  Why do I think I’ve earned your vote, and what will I do in a second term?
In 2014 I ran as a “plain-speaking nerd,” with 40+ years of management and senior professional experience as an economist and financial, policy and technical analyst, half in public service and half in private business.  I noted that my law degree, Stanford masters degree in Engineering Economic Systems and California registration as a professional engineer are good assets.  And I’ve been a founder, director or executive for twelve private businesses, charities and public-interest groups, plus a college economics instructor.

 

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Home Issues Reforming Nevada’s burdensome licensing laws could boost employment 8.5 percent, study finds

By Robert Fellner, NPRI director of transparency research.

Nevada‘s onerous and burdensome occupational licensing laws are suppressing jobs for low and moderate income professions at a near national-high rate, according to a just-released study.

 

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Statewide revenue growth outpaces Commerce Tax receipts

By Daniel Honchariw

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s recent demand that, “Anyone supporting a repeal of the Commerce Tax must explain to Nevada’s children, families and businesses which education initiatives will be cut if it is eliminated“ is disingenuous, at best.

 

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Billion dollar increase in Nevada's pension debt will reduce teacher pay, public services

Pension debt is going to take an even bigger chunk out of Nevada’s government budgets in the coming years, forcing cuts in spending that would otherwise go to schools, parks, road repair and public safety.

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Groundhog Day for the Gun Controllers

By Ron Knecht and James Smack – 10Oct.2017
We were greatly saddened and angered by the October 1 attack launched by a terrorist from MGM’s Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on the Route 91 Harvest Festival 2017 music concert.
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Crony Corporatism alive and well in Storey County

The Governors Office of Economic Development’s (GOED) board meets in mid-November and the agenda contains an item that will consider GOED’s effort to build an effluent pipeline from Sparks to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC). Once built and fully deployed, this pipeline will carry 3.7 million gallons a day of effluent to thirsty server farms installed at Switch and those expected at Google.
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Lack of transparency at Tax Department hinders commerce tax repeal debate

By Daniel Honchariw 

When companies get too big to operate efficiently or competently, they go out of business — but in government, such failure actually protects the ever-growing bureaucracy.

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Knecht's Weekly Smack Down - Trump’s Regulatory Reforms Help the Economy, But Not Enough

By Ron Knecht and James Smack – 3Oct.2017
Two recent news stories caught our attention, and they suggest some good news, but ...
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Las Vegas Tragedy Inspires Hope as the Community Comes Together

As we reflect on the tragedy in Las Vegas over the weekend, we at the Libertarian Party of Nevada (LPN) are warmed and heartened by what we witnessed in the aftermath of this horrific event. In the face of terror and tragedy Nevadans and Americans come together to help those in times of despair and need.

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