You Get What You Vote For

Participate in the Process In the last few years I’ve noticed a disturbing trend from both Democrats and Republicans. When elections don’t go the way they want them to, both sides are guilty of trying to circumvent the system through recalls or even threats of impeachment. If you don’t like who was elected in a… [More…]

Please Don’t Call This Number Again: RoboCalls Are Out of Control

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting down, enjoying some quiet time with your family and your phone rings. You should just let it go to voicemail, but it could be important, so you answer. “Do you want to refinance your home? We can help,” the automated message shouts at you before you hang up in… [More…]

How to Run Your Business: A Guide for Employers, Provided by the Government

Still underway in Carson City, the 80th Legislative Session has been a doozy so far. With approximately 1,000 bills proposed between the Assembly and Senate there is much to be done before the session adjourns in early June. One thing Nevada legislators are eager to weigh in on is how businesses manage their employees. In… [More…]

Democrats Flex: Legislature Endangers Nevada’s Future

Having begun on February 4th of this year, the 80th session of the Nevada Legislature is off and running and the liberal House and Senate are already flexing their muscles. The new majority is looking to change the business friendly nature of Nevada in favor of more government, less transparency and less power of the… [More…]

A Lone Wolf and Global Security: President Trump Removes Troops from Syria

As I’m sure you’ve already heard, just before the end of 2018, President Trump announced that he would be pulling 2,000 American troops from Syria and removing the United States’ presence from the area. The move was motivated by what the President referred to as Isis’ defeat in Syria as well as the cost in… [More…]

Outrageous Property Tax Increases on the Horizon: Nevada Legislature Democrats Push SJR14

With the defeat of Question 3 from the most recent election, I believe people are beginning to see the absolute detriment of changing the Nevada constitution in ways that aren’t sustainable. Another hurdle along those same lines that we’ll be facing in the 2019 Legislature is SJR14. While Question 3 was in the final stages… [More…]

Where’s All the Marijuana Money? Education Funding

Remember when President Obama promised the ACA would lower costs and allow us to keep our providers? We all know how that turned out. It seems the same thing happened with tax revenues from the state’s newest industry – Marijuana. When proponents were touting all the reasons we should legalize the industry, funding education was… [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 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…]

Commerce Tax Repeal: The Process Begins

Passed during the 2015 legislative session in Nevada, the Commerce Tax, or Senate Bill 483, has been a sore spot for business owners over the past two years. It’s a frustrating tax for several reasons, not the least of which is, the year before, Nevadans voted against a similar tax only to have the legislature… [More…]