How margins tax hurts business

By Thomas Mitchell Though the November 2014 mid-term election is still a year away, business leaders are starting a drumbeat of opposition to a tax initiative on the ballot. Voters will be asked whether to impose a 2 percent margins tax on … [Read more...]

How state education margins would work

By Thomas Mitchell The November 2014 mid-term election is still a year away, but the campaigning over a key ballot question should be starting in earnest soon. The Nevada State Education Association managed to gather enough signatures and … [Read more...]

Feds don’t see value in oil, gas production

One of the major reasons the state Legislature passed Assembly Bill 227 this year — setting up the Nevada Land Management Task Force to study the possible transfer of certain federal public lands to the state of Nevada — was the need for economic … [Read more...]

Task force studies federal land reclaimations

By Thomas Mitchell For decades Nevadans have been trying to wrest greater control of public lands within the state from federal hegemony. This year the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 227, which created the Nevada Land Management Task Force to … [Read more...]

Task force studies federal land reclaimations

Thomas Mitchell

For decades Nevadans have been trying to wrest greater control of public lands within the state from federal hegemony. This year the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 227, which created the Nevada Land Management Task Force to study the possible … [Read more...]

Might global warming actually be beneficial?

By Thomas Mitchell American climate scientist, author and alarmist Bill McKibben earlier this month set foot on the banks of Lake Tahoe at a conservation conference to sound his jeremiad that there must be a “coordinated, global” effort to deal … [Read more...]

There are many costs of ‘going green’

By Thomas Mitchell When the Nevada Legislature passed Senate Bill 123, everyone was so thrilled about shutting down all those dirty coal-fired power plants and building millions of dollars worth of bright new clean energy solar and wind … [Read more...]

When you subsidize something it costs more

By Thomas Mitchell When the state Division of Insurance (DOI) a month ago released preliminary cost figures for health insurance plans participating in the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (SSHIX) under ObamaCare, it turned out that … [Read more...]

Disclaimer clause reduces Nevada authority

By Thomas Mitchell When Nevada became a state in 1864, its new Constitution contained a so-called Disclaimer Clause, just like every other new state being admitted, in which the residents of the territory were required to “forever disclaim … [Read more...]

Don’t pave paradise for a solar array

By Thomas Mitchell At one point in the film an exasperated woman explains, “Ruining things to go ‘green’ is an oxymoron.” That is pretty much the theme of Robert Lundahl’s documentary film “Who Are My People,” which had its Nevada … [Read more...]

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