Odds for success of PERS plan – Roughly 1 in 12 Quintillion: Nevada Retirees Risk Seeing Their Benefits Reduced as Money Runs Short

Aside from death and taxes, there are no sure things in life. Everything we do involves an element of risk. The question then becomes: How much risk is reasonable, given the stakes? In the private sector, most entrepreneurs have risked tens of thousands of dollars — or sometimes even tens of millions of dollars —… [More...]

The Role and Responsibilities of State Officers

Read the role and responsibilities of the Nevada State Officers.

In Nevada, six constitutional officers comprise the state government’s executive branch. They are the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer and state controller. All are elected to four-year terms and may serve a maximum of two terms. Next year, Nevadans will vote for all positions but governor. The primary obligation of… [More...]

Taxpayers Lose Big: Lawmakers Impose New Burdens

Nevada Gov. Sandoval and legislators passed numerous tax increases while pretending that they didn’t raise taxes.

Three years ago, both Brian Sandoval and Rory Reid ran for governor on a “no new taxes” platform. Last year, voters in five Nevada counties rejected six efforts to raise taxes — even though Barack Obama was at the top of the ticket, driving liberal voter turnout. Given the clear will of the voters throughout… [More...]

Drakulich Reappointed to Governor’s Economic Development Board

Governor Brian Sandoval has reappointed Kathleen Drakulich to a four-year term on the Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

RENO, Nev. – Governor Brian Sandoval has reappointed McDonald Carano Wilson partner Kathleen Drakulich to a four-year term on the Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. As an attorney, Drakulich represents local, national and international energy and public utility firms in a wide array of regulatory matters, procurement matters, supply and purchase contract negotiations,… [More...]

Nevada Money Should Stay in Nevada: Time to Reform the Contracting Process

Lyle Brennan

In Governor Brian Sandoval’s State of the State speech, he encouraged everyone to “shop Nevada first” and said Nevada should make “supporting private sector job creation a way of life for all government agencies.” I heartily endorse both these ideas, but the state has a long way to go to prove its support for homegrown… [More...]

Gaming: Betting on a Comeback


Nevada’s gaming industry today continues to recover, with some regions faring better than others. “Both Southern and Northern Nevada markets are struggling right now,” said John Farahi, CEO of Monarch Casino & Resort Inc., which owns Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, in Reno. State gaming revenue has been picking up slowly since it took about a… [More...]