Governor’s budget plan is long on spending, short on accountability

It is called bait and switch. Just over two months after the voters of Nevada rejected by a 79 percent majority a margin tax on gross receipts of businesses that its backers claimed would raise $800 million in tax revenue, this past week in his … [Read more...]

Holding the line on taxation will take only 15 Assembly members

At this point, perhaps the best we can hope for is gridlock. The 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature is only a month away — 120 days during which our lives, liberties and property, especially our property, will be in jeopardy, as Mark Twain … [Read more...]

State corporate welfare clearly unconstitutional and courts should stop it

The attorney for the legal arm of a libertarian-leaning Nevada think tank this past week asked the state district court in Carson City to issue a summary judgment that would essentially put the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) out of … [Read more...]

Give the gift that warms the heart and feeds the brain—a good book

In case you are approaching wit’s end as Christmas Day looms around the bend, and you’ve still not come up with that unique gift for that unique Nevada friend or family member, may I be so bold as to suggest a gift that will give pleasure for years … [Read more...]

Nevada’s problem is its spending priorities, not its rate of taxation

Cowboy humorist, philosopher and rope-twirling raconteur Will Rogers once said, “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.” Well, everybody knows Nevada is a low-tax state. Ask anyone. Why our very state … [Read more...]

Think tank offers road map for Nevada lawmakers

The state of Nevada — for the first time since before the Great Depression — has a Republican governor and Republican majorities in both the Assembly and state Senate, as well as all the statewide elective offices, providing an opportunity to finally … [Read more...]

Let water seek its price level in a free market

T he West has been parched by drought for 15 years. Lake Mead stands at 39 percent of its capacity. Thousands of acres of agricultural land lie fallow. Fruit and nut trees are dying. Cities are banning lawn watering. The dwindling waters of the … [Read more...]

The celebration of the sesquicentennial of Nevada’s ‘statehood’ may be a bit premature

O n Oct. 31, 1864 — 150 years ago — President Lincoln declared, “Now, therefore, be it known, that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in accordance with the duty imposed upon me by the act of congress aforesaid, do hereby declare … [Read more...]

Delusional candidates think wealth can be created by robbing Peter to pay Paul

Vice President Joe Biden breezed through Nevada one afternoon earlier this month, stopping long enough to pitch the idea of increasing the federal minimum wage 40 percent from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, saying this would not cost jobs and would pump … [Read more...]

If you haven’t taken the time to study the candidates and issues: Don’t vote

Early voting starts Saturday. Election Day is Nov. 4. It is time to start cramming for the test — a test of the American democratic republic. Normally this time of year you hear: Be sure and vote. Your vote counts. It is your civic duty to … [Read more...]