We’re No. 2, or 3 – But That’s Not Good

By Ron Knecht and James Smack – 5Dec.2017
Nevada was hit hardest among the 50 states by the Great Recession of 2007-09 and was the slowest to recover.  It was the last state to see its total employment levels return to pre-recession figures – even though our population growth had already resumed.
Since nearly everyone agrees that high employment is good, you’d think a public policy change that increases employment is something politicians would embrace.  From experience, we’re skeptical, but we offer here evidence for just such a change: reforming state occupation licensing laws.

 

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An open letter to the Las Vegas City Council and the Clark County Commissioners from the Libertarian Party of Nevada

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As construction of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium is ramping up, the nation’s appetite for NFL football seems to be slowing down. Even before the recent dust-up between President Trump and a number of NFL players, NFL viewership has been gradually declining. These days, the descent (and dissent) is picking up with each passing week.

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The Real Results of ObamaCare and Medicaid Expansion

By Ron Knecht and James Smack – 28Nov17
In 2013, Nevada expanded Medicaid eligibility, a move promoted by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) to improve health care to people allegedly then under-served by our health care systems.
In return, the federal government fully funded Nevada’s increased costs through 2016.  However, the federal reimbursements slowly decline beginning this year.  With the over-spending problems faced by the federal government, there is serious question whether reimbursements will continue after 2020, and if so at what level.
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Goodbye Net Neutrality; Hello Competition

At long last, with the end of “net neutrality,” competition could soon come to the industry that delivers Internet services to you. You might be able to pick among a range of packages, some minimalist and some maximalist, depending on how you use the service. Or you could choose a package that charges based only on what you consume, rather than sharing fees with everyone else.


 

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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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