Archives for 2018

“More Taxes!” – The Teacher Union’s Solution to Education

In 2015, Nevada’s Legislature passed the largest one-time tax increase in Nevada history, $1.2 billion of which was, ostensibly, to boost education funding. Despite the fact that the commerce tax was rejected by voters the previous year, the Legislature and Nevada’s elected leaders chose to unilaterally “fix” education by passing the large tax package. This… [More…]

Time to Drain the LVCVA Swamp

If you caught an employee using company funds for personal use, would you pay him to retire, give him a fat performance bonus and let him continue working for you as a highly paid consultant? Not in a million years. Yet, that’s exactly what the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has done with… [More…]

What Does PERS Have to Hide? Over $1.8 Billion of Public Money Each Year

Nevada’s Public Employee Retirement Systems (PERS) has a history of protecting their data and blocking the public’s access to information, even though the public (you and I) are footing the hefty bill of almost $2 billion a year. That’s more than 10 percent of state and local government’s combined own-source revenue, and the second highest… [More…]

Theft Through Paperwork: SOS Filings and Business Fraud

For the past several years, and for as little as $150, you too could own the business of your dreams. Of course, you’ll need to steal it and, if you’re caught, it’s a felony violation. However, the possibility of arrest for a category-C felony hasn’t deterred criminals who contact Nevada’s Secretary of State’s (SOS) for… [More…]

The Dumbing Down of Our Education System – Governor Sandoval Leads the Way in Nevada

Governor Sandoval, in late April this year, filed an emergency regulation to provide relief for Nevada teachers who are in jeopardy of losing their jobs by failing to complete a state-mandated course. The regulation indicates that, “affected employees will have two more years to fulfill the requirement,” according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article. What… [More…]

Nevada’s Charter Schools Just May Be the Answer

For those of us in business, it should come as no surpise that privately run charter schools are out performing traditional government run schools, by a landslide. We’re all frustrated with our state’s dismal ranking in education. Did you know that, according to a report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, in 2014… [More…]

The Answer to Senseless Killing and Maiming: The Evil That Surrounds Us

Finding the answer to senseless killing, whether it be instigated by children or adults, lies much deeper than the media and our culture would have us believe. It’s not about the weapons used. To find a solution to these horrific attacks, we must dig deeper and get to the root of what’s causing all this… [More…]

The New “Game” Plan: Professional Sports in Nevada – Game On!

Beginning this month, you will notice a new department in Nevada Business Magazine. Entitled “Game On”, this feature will cover the business of sports in the Silver State. Starting with a focus on the Vegas’ Golden Knights hockey team, “Game On” will comprehensively report on the businesses and lifestyles of major players in this emerging… [More…]

The Bundy Trial: Fighting the Feds

Now that the Cliven Bundy trial has ended with a victory (at least temporarily) for the Bunkerville rancher, it’s time to ask what we can learn from this David-and-Goliath battle between a small businessman and the federal government. Bundy had been running his cattle on federal land for many years, but in 1993 he stopped… [More…]

A Wolf in Republican Clothing: The Dean Heller Dilemma

How do you solve a problem like Senator Dean Heller? He was elected on a conservative platform, touting conservative values and the moral high ground. But, since he was elected, his voting record tells a different story. It’s a common tale in the United States, politicians tell us what we want to hear to get… [More…]