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 at the top of the list. A few years later, and … [Read more...] about Where’s All the Marijuana Money? Education Funding
Harry Reid’s Legacy While I’m sure we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the negative back and forth of this election is finally over, the outcome has brought out the worst in many Americans. On one side we’ve seen crying snowflake millenials upset we won’t have a woman president and “protestors” storming Trump Tower demanding the president-elect’s head. On the other side … [Read more...] about Divisive and Fear Mongering
Standing out in a field of Republican candidates, many of whom with extremely strong qualities, is not easy. Regardless, Marco Rubio is quickly becoming a major contender in this Presidential race. Having performed well in the last two Republican debates and with an impressive record on conservative issues, Rubio was already on my radar when I had the opportunity to sit down … [Read more...] about Who is Marco Rubio? He’s a Contender
Everyone knows who Hillary Clinton is and most of us know something about many of the Republican nominees running for President. But, do you know who Ben Carson is? As I began learning about him, I asked a number of people if they had ever heard of him. Most say they haven’t. Yet, at the time of this writing, National Election Polls have Ben Carson rated in the top five … [Read more...] about Who is Ben Carson? Is This Guy a Real Deal?
Presumably, State Senator Tick Segerblom thinks his proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15-per-hour in Nevada would be beneficial. After all, it sounds appealing to double the pay of fast-food workers and other entry-level workers with one wave of the government’s mandate wand. As businessmen and women know firsthand, however, there’s a big difference between good … [Read more...] about Minimum-Wage Hikes: The Path to Poverty for Poor People
Optimism characterizes the mood of Nevada executives this year. Whether it’s waving goodbye to the recession or already having moved on to bigger and better things, business owners and executives have officially brushed off the oppressive economy and are now working on the bounce back. The 2014 Power Poll marks the twelfth year executives have weighed in on various issues … [Read more...] about Power Poll 2014: The Bounce Back
Capitalism did not create poverty—it inherited it,” observed individualist philosopher Ayn Rand. Over the past centuries, capitalism has eradicated the previous conditions of widespread famine and starvation and has elevated the living standards of the poor to a level previously unheard of, even for kings. Today, even low-income Americans commonly enjoy cell phones, … [Read more...] about The Left’s New Agenda: Minimum Wage Hikes and Unemployment Benefits Aren’t the Key to Prosperity
The White House has been trying since Obama’s first term to silence dissent, targeting conservative media outlets and conservative commentators. Why? Because they seem to be the only ones asking the hard questions. Who else is asking what really happened at Benghazi and why four of our citizens were left there to die? Who else is asking why the drone program is killing U.S. … [Read more...] about Fair and Balanced: The Role of Conservative Media
As the Silver State struggles to pull itself out of the worst recession many Nevadans have seen in their lifetime, executives are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. This year marks the eleventh annual Power Poll wherein Nevada Business Magazine asked executives throughout the state to speak up on issues that affect their businesses. This year’s poll illustrates … [Read more...] about Nevada Executives Speak Out: Power Poll 2013
From federal budget challenges and Dodd-Frank to the housing market, borrowers’ shaky confidence and the state of the national economy, Nevada’s banking industry has its work cut out for it in 2013. While top executives remain cautiously optimistic, they are under no illusions about the challenges facing growth over the next 12 months. “I think we’re on the road to … [Read more...] about Wealth of Knowledge: Banking on Nevada
Another reason why government shouldn’t pick winners and losers in the economy In August, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hosted his fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. Delivering the keynote address, former president Bill Clinton claimed that if every state had a renewable-energy standard it would “put a lot of people back to work.” Sen. Reid … [Read more...] about $1.3 billion for 288 jobs: The failure of government-subsidized renewable energy
With manufacturing suffering nationally along with the rest of American business, it is largely thriving here in Nevada. The engine has been a combination of factors – from legislative miscues in California and a strong Nevada workforce and overall business climate to the relatively low price of land and facilities, an available and affordable workforce, savvy strategy and … [Read more...] about Nevada Industry Excellence: Manufacturing
Nevada’s travel and tourism industry employs one-third of the state’s population. From hospitality to gaming and from the “What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” campaign to Northern Nevada being America’s Adventure Place, the Silver State has been promoted as a world class destination. At the same time, “diversify” has become the State’s battle cry over and over, with warnings … [Read more...] about Tourism: Welcome Back
We have already seen the Obama administration attempt to take over the healthcare industry with its Obama care program, and we watched it meddle in the alternative energy market by propping up Solyndra and other companies that should have been allowed to fail. Recently, Obama appears to have sold out America again. This time it was jobs-for-politics by denying a permit for … [Read more...] about Obama Tries to Grab Control of Another Vital Private Industry: The Internet
In case you’re wondering why the U.S. economy is in such a mess, consider this sobering statistic: for the first time since the Great Depression, U.S. households received more in cash handouts from the government in 2010 ($2.3 trillion) than they paid in taxes ($2.2 trillion). Census Bureau numbers from 2009 show that 59 percent of Americans get at least one federal benefit … [Read more...] about Entitlements & Handouts: The Big Lie
“Can history repeat itself? What measures does our government have in place to ensure we do not end up like Argentina?” Tom Naseef • President, Coldwell Banker Commercial “One of your many campaign promises was to make government much more transparent. I was encouraged, because it would hopefully eliminate some of the back-door deals and the people would finally be privy … [Read more...] about If you had the opportunity to meet with President Obama, what would you ask him?