I hope all of you had a wonderful Independence Day! It is truly an inspirational holiday.
Last weekend, I stood watching the Fourth of July parade in Duck Creek Village, Utah, as people of all ages rolled by on four wheelers, side-by-sides and trucks decorated with American flags, patriotic designs and red, white and blue streamers. People were tossing candy, cheering for America, and laughing with both neighbors and complete strangers.
Suddenly, I had a distinct awareness of our founding fathers — what they sacrificed so long ago and what they endured standing up for independence and freedom.
It was a profound feeling.
Instinctively I knew, just like our Forefathers knew when it was time to take a stand, that it’s time for us to stand up for Nevada’s Education Savings Account program. We, too, will endure!
The opposition doesn’t support freedom for parents to choose what education is best for their children. Instead, they want to dictate to families what education is best for children. The opposition is doing everything within its power to attack this program because it empowers you — parents, families and children — to be independent and free.
So far, we’ve stayed strong. And, folks, the time is finally here! You’ve all been asking, “What can I do to help?” Let me give you a few ideas:
As you know, on Friday, July 29th, the Nevada Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in the Lopez and Duncan cases. NevadaESA.com and other ESA supporters will rally in support of the program at 8:30 a.m. outside the Nevada Supreme Court, at the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave in Las Vegas. I’ll be there at 8:00 a.m.
Currently, I am working with Court and county staff on the finer details of public gatherings and court decorum. In fact, today, the court notified me they will open an overflow room to observe the proceedings!! This is great news, because having been in the Supreme Court venue, I know it will only hold about 50 people. The Court is also going to offer viewing of the proceedings in Carson City! So, a big “thank you” to Court staff for working out the overflow space!! I will send out all the finer details next week. There are quite a few rules to be observed.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to me with your name and contact info, so I can coordinate with others. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 702-222-0642.
And for those of you unable to come out on July 29th, the Nevada Supreme Court streams most of its oral arguments online. Be sure to watch!! Today, the Court confirmed the Lopez and Duncan cases will for sure be streamed online! (Barring any technical issues.)
If you are in northern Nevada or other parts of the state and want to rally, let me know and I will work with you on that as well.
Of course, not everyone can show up for a rally. For those folks, NPRI is hosting two policy luncheons on ESAs that week —one in the south and one in the north — featuring Vicki Alger from the Independent Institute. Vicki has advised education policymakers in nearly 40 states, provided expert testimony before state legislative education committees, and served on two national accountability task forces. Her research was crucial in advancing school choice in Arizona — and she’ll be speaking about the importance ESAs will play in Nevada’s future.
The first luncheon will be held at the Eldorado Hotel, in Reno, on July 28th at 11:30 a.m. For folks in Las Vegas, the second luncheon will be held the day of the oral arguments, July 29th, at the Las Vegas Country Club at 11:30 a.m.
Both events will be a great place to learn more about ESAs, and the world of difference educational choice can bring to Nevada.
Finally, let’s not forget your ESA stories. We’ve already collected quite a few — and we’re going to be highlighting them on NevadaESA.com, on Facebook and Twitter and in the media as we race toward oral arguments. If you haven’t already, or if you’re just new to the list, please shoot me an email with your story of why ESAs are important to your family, how it will make a difference in your child’s education, what struggles you currently face or anything else that underscores how important ESAs are to Nevada’s future. We will publish your stories, letting everyone know, ESAs are not about politics or special interests — they’re about parents, children and individual lives.
For now, those are some things in the works for the ESA oral arguments, and how you can help. I will have more information in the coming days.
Where you can watch the Supreme Court Oral Arguments:
ESA Luncheon info:
Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter has decided to take on the “Obamacare exemption” enjoyed by Congress. A 2013 rule from the Office of Personnel Management deemed Congress a “small business” — allowing lawmakers and staff access to Washington D.C.’s Obamacare exchange, while preserving their substantial taxpayer-funded subsidies. “This was a bipartisan, bicameral effort that ultimately led to Washington’s Obamacare exemption,” Mr. Vitter said, as he pledged to tackle the carve-out. (Read more)
President Obama’s new overtime regulations aren’t going to “give Americans a raise,” as he promised. In fact, it will do just the opposite, as companies cap salaries to avoid costly overtime regulations and cut hours for critical employees. In short, just like the minimum wage debate, big government needs to learn that prosperity isn’t something that can be regulated into existence. (Read more)
Following a 2013 Nevada Supreme Court opinion, Nevada’s Public Employee Retirement System intentionally altered the way it maintained key documents in an effort to render them largely useless to the general public. By replacing names with ‘non-disclosable’ social security numbers, PERS has circumvented the disclosure requirements outlined in the 2013 ruling, according to Joseph Becker, the director of NPRI’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation. As a result, NPRI has taken legal action to force the agency into compliance with the law. (Read more)
As we’ve pointed out before, labor bosses don’t make it easy for educators to leave the union. With just one week left, time is running out for Nevada teachers who want to opt out of union membership. “Teachers have the ability to choose for themselves whether or not they want to belong to a union,” said NPRI Communications Director Michael Schaus. “But many don’t know that right even exists — and that’s where NPRI comes in.” (Read more)
A land owner is preparing to take a stand after the Nevada Department of Transportation issued a condemnation letter on his property, to make way for the USA Parkway. Initially, NDOT had offered the property owner less than half of the land’s appraised value. After failing to negotiate an agreement, NDOT issued a condemnation letter on the property — which is similar to the practice of “eminent domain.” The state transportation board is scheduled to hear the matter Monday, July 11, 2016 at 9 a.m. in Carson City. (Read more)
Can you believe it is already the July Fourth weekend?
Throughout the nation families will be gathering in recognition of America’s independence, and celebrating our freedoms.
Of course, our relationship with freedom is much different today than it was in 1776.
For the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, freedom was not a casual term thrown around carelessly by politicians and pundits.
It was a dream.
And to the men who helped forge the American experiment, that dream was more valuable than any treasure, fortune or life.
The men who put their signatures on the Declaration of Independence knew they were declaring themselves traitors to the crown — and yet they were willing to risk everything they had in the hope that, someday, their children and grandchildren could live in a nation free from oppression, tyranny and despotism.
This July Fourth weekend, take a moment to remember the great sacrifices that have been made in defense of our freedom. Our nation was founded by men who knew the true value of liberty — and it is our job to preserve, cherish and pass on to future generations this exceptional American experiment.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.
Sharon J. Rossie
A new report shows that a majority of America’s “best” universities and colleges do not require students seeking a history degree to take any U.S. history classes. While many of the country’s elite schools, such as Johns Hopkins University, require classes in East Asian and sub-Saharan African politics, courses focused on American political history remains optional. Unsurprisingly, the result is a body of students that are incapable of identifying what significance the emancipation proclamation had in American history, or which Revolutionary War general led the American troops at Yorktown. (Read more)
As we’ve pointed out before, teacher unions are not interested in helping “the children” — they’re interested in helping themselves. The city of Chicago is the latest example of this destructive status quo. Despite being nearly bankrupt, Chicago Public Schools transferred $676 million to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, leaving a paltry $24 million left in the bank to educate the district’s nearly 400,000 students. (Read more)
If you want to understand why Britain was keen to leave the petty tyranny of the European Union, look no further than this example of regulatory overreach: In an attempt to save the public from “misleading” statements in advertising, EU regulators have forbidden bottled water companies from claiming that their product fights dehydration. Under a new directive by EU bureaucrats, companies that make such a claim will be held criminally liable. (Read more)
In a significant win for free speech, the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands officially withdrew his subpoena of a libertarian nonprofit group. Attorney General Claude Walker had requested decades of internal documents from the Competitive Enterprise Institute as part of an investigation into ExxonMobil’s skepticism of man-made global warming. (Read more)
We know that 56 men mutually pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor when they signed the Declaration of Independence. But do you know the price each one of these men paid to help secure a free and independent America? (Read more)
Oral Arguments in both Lopez and Duncan are officially set for July 29!
For now, we are on a single, expedited path to conclusion without briefing delay. The ACLU sought a 63-day briefing period in the Duncan appeal, but they only got 10 days to brief. And the State of Nevada got seven days to respond.
Then, the next stop? The Nevada Supreme Court at the Regional Justice Center located at 200 Lewis Ave, 17th Floor, in Las Vegas — Lopez at 10:00 a.m. and Duncan to follow at 11:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!
I know it’s been a frustrating year and it’s getting hard to keep the faith and find much comfort when you’ve been for so long on the edge of your seat, clinging onto hopes for your children through the ups and downs, round and rounds, and even hanging-upside-downs of these legal challenges and funding postponements. Please, hang on a little longer. Remember, wearing down support and the hope and enthusiasm of families is what the opposition seeks to do. To succeed, they must demoralize parents and weaken the rapidly growing fervor for educational choice in our state. Stay strong!
While the opposition needs to wear parents down, the ESA legal team, Nevada judges and the Supreme Court Justices are very much aware that it is the future for thousands of Silver State children that hangs in the balance. That is evident by the lightning speed in which this roller coaster ride has made its way through the legal process. As I see it, the Supreme Court sent a strong message of urgency by also setting oral arguments in Duncan for July 29. Did you know it typically takes about three years for a school-choice case to get to this point in the legal process? Six months, folks. Six months since the injunction and both of the ESA cases are set for oral arguments at the Nevada Supreme Court. Truly amazing!
Now that the two cases are running together, I’ve created a little cheat-sheet to help you distinguish between the two cases: [link]
For those of you racing the clock to turn in your ESA applications, remember they must be received in the Treasurer’s office by 5 p.m. this Thursday, June 30th!! I will be at the new David O. McKay campuses Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to help with applications and answer any questions. At this point, I recommend turning applications in by hand — get a copy of the stamped application — to ensure a timely submission. In Carson City, you can turn them in at 101 N. Carson Street, Suite 4. In Las Vegas, you can turn them in at the Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property office at the Grant Sawyer Building located at 555 E. Washington Ave., just off Las Vegas Boulevard — across from Cashman Field. The office is on the first floor, to the left side of the building. Sorry, I don’t know the suite number.
Speaking of applications, for those of you interested in the tax-scholarship program, two new Scholarship Granting Organizations have registered: Americas Scholarship Konnection, out of Gilbert, Arizona and ACSI Children Education Fund out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Currently their websites do not yet have links for Nevada applications. Be sure to check back with them and also the Arete Scholarship Foundation for application opportunities. The other three SGO’s have closed their application periods.
I want to thank everyone for all their support over this past year. In no way could the team at NevadaESA.com have reached the thousands of parents and community leaders we have without your support and efforts. Thank you for sharing my emails, our NevadaESA.com website, trusting me with your questions, hosting information meetings in your homes, places of work, churches and schools and responding to my calls for volunteers (we’re always accepting volunteers!). And, a million thanks to the elected officials and state officers who have been so very supportive of our efforts to inform, educate and help the entire Nevada community navigate both the ESA and tax scholarship programs.
Together, Nevadans will…
The North Shore of Lake Tahoe, along Lakeshore Boulevard, isn’t exactly a “low income” neighborhood. And yet, that is where the one and only office is located for a company that uses taxpayer handouts to “invest” in federally designated “low income” communities. For an elite few, cronyism apparently has its benefits. (Read more)
Nevada has made a slight improvement in education, according to a new report. The Silver State is no longer the worst in the nation when it comes to education. Apparently, we’re only the second worst. Since "business-as-usual" in education doesn't seem to be improving things, perhaps it's time to let parents take control, by giving them access to the most comprehensive school choice program in the nation, Education Savings Accounts. (Read more)
Taxes and fiscal:
The Clark County Commission unanimously agreed this week to alter the wording of a ballot measure asking voters if they want to keep the fuel revenue index tax. Prior to the index tax, motorists paid a 52 cent tax for every gallon of gasoline. Today, motorists pay 62 cents per gallon. If the ballot measure is approved, over the course of the next decade that amount will increase to more than 98 cents per gallon. (Read more)
In a 21-18 vote, the New Jersey Senate has agreed to hike the state’s minimum hourly wage from $8.38 an hour to $15 by the year 2021. The increase is a big win for the Service Employee International Union, which has been pushing hard for the increase. But it’s a major loss for entry-level and low-skilled workers. The move is expected to kill roughly 33,500 jobs, with 91.7 percent of those losses impacting workers in the retail and food service sector who don’t have college degrees. (Read more)
World leaders are quite clearly nervous now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union. However, leaders in Switzerland are showing optimism, having themselves decided to formally remain independent from the EU. “A big advantage of leaving the EU is free trade worldwide, not only between the member states, making it easier and cheaper for companies to export their goods to the rest of the world,” said Swiss MP Lukas Reimann. (Read more)
Last week was a busy week for the Education Savings Account lawsuits. Let’s take a look at what happened and what it all means.
In the Lopez case, the northern Nevada case which has the injunction, the Attorney General’s office (State’s attorney), on Tuesday, filed an unopposed motion with the Nevada Supreme Court seeking to postpone oral arguments until the last week of July. You may recall, oral arguments were set for July 8.
Resetting the oral argument to the last week of July was sought to allow the State’s counsel of choice, Mr. Paul Clement, who will be out of country on July 8, to present the State’s argument to the Court. Clement, outside counsel retained by the State is with the Bancroft law firm in Washington D.C., is a former United States Solicitor General and a renowned attorney who has argued upwards of 69 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. For sure, a tremendous asset to our ESA legal team!
The AG’s motion also emphasized that moving oral arguments until late July could accommodate the Court’s previously stated preference to hear arguments in both the Lopez and Duncan cases on the same day should the ACLU appeal in Duncan (they subsequently did).
The following morning, Wednesday, the Nevada Supreme Court granted the State’s motion in Lopez, rescheduling oral arguments for Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. Arguments will take place at the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Ave —17th Floor, in Las Vegas. Hey, if you’re thinking of going, let me know.
Then, on Friday, the ACLU finally filed its notice of appeal in Duncan, the ACLU case in southern Nevada which was dismissed by Judge Eric Johnson last month.
So, in summary, the Lopez case, and any decision lifting the injunction will be delayed. And if the court consolidates the two cases (a motion to do so still needs to be filed and granted) Duncan may proceed with a shortened briefing period. It’s not known yet if consolidating the arguments will further delay Lopez. But from reading the court exhibits filed with this motion (including email communications between the AG and the ACLU), it appears the ACLU is amenable to holding arguments for Duncan in late July.
Hopefully — fingers crossed — with this latest development, we are now on a single, expedited track to both decisions.
How does all this effect funding? Well… looks like November is the soonest.
When you really think about it, though, all the stars and planets would have had to align to fund in August. That’s not to say it couldn’t have happened. But, I am a realist. And, when you really think about it, any decision to meet August funding depended on the Justices returning a decision within a week. While that has happened before, it’s just not the norm.
Moreover, when you also consider that the closely related Duncan case would be simultaneously working its way through the Supreme Court’s briefing process, it seems not at all certain the Court would have turned around a decision too quickly. After all, justices might be thinking of the potential for new legal insight from Duncan. Courts don’t frequently just toss their “preferences” out into the universe. So this may be a big hint they want to consolidate.
A brief reminder: A few days still exist for you to get your applications turned in. Don’t let all the legal maneuvering dissuade you from applying for the program if you were thinking on it. This is just how the wheels of justice turn. Remember, applications must be stamped received in the Treasurer’s office by 5 p.m. on June 30th to be considered for this enrollment period.
Next week, I will be at the new David O. McKay Academy locations providing information on ESAs and helping with applications and document scanning. Details are still being finalized, so be sure to visit our Event page on NevadaESA.com for more information.
Stay Strong! And, #LetOurChildrenSuceed
Energy policy is arguably the most important factor affecting the strength of Nevada’s economy. Abundant and affordable energy directly lowers consumer energy bills — but it also reduces production and operating costs that factor into virtually all goods and services traded in our economy. Rising energy costs, by contrast, bring the economic pain of a tax hike to virtually every corner of the state. The Nevada Energy Policy Guide is a step-by-step outline to reining in Nevada’s sky-high energy costs. (Read more)
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy is the latest state prosecutor to target non-profit think tanks that have conducted research critical of man-made global warming. Healy has issued a subpoena for 40 years of internal company documents and communications between Exxon Mobile and think tanks on the national and state level. Healy’s actions are part of a multistate effort among a number of attorneys general to “investigate” Exxon for “trying to cover up global warming” science. (Read more)
According to a report on government waste, compiled by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), more than $35 million have been used to fund research projects that have virtually nothing to do with American national interests. Among this long list of wasted money, was $170,000 used to fund a study titled “Walking with Coffee: Why Does it spill?” In addition to studying why walking might increase coffee spillage, the study also had some solid advice for folks who suffer from frequent spillage incidents around the office: put a lid on your cup. (Read more)
Taxes and fiscal:
Exactly how burdensome is the federal tax code? Well, Americans will spend more than 8 billion hours and $409 billion complying with the tax code in 2016. With more than 2.4 million words in the tax code, and 7.7 million words in related regulations, it’s pretty safe to say “very burdensome” is the correct answer. (Read more)
Public sector employees:
According to government reports, 99 percent of federal employees are rated “fully successful” or higher on their job performance. Of course, the system isn’t exactly objective. Managers who rate their employees less than “fully successful” must undergo appeal attempts, union grievances and respond to the Merit Systems Protection Board. This process can often cost agencies tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. And as a result, the official reports tend to show a successful and efficient government workforce — even if the reality is something else altogether. (Read more)
Taxes and fiscal:
It has been more than three years since the IRS admitted to harassing conservative non-profits ahead of the 2012 presidential election — and now we finally know how many organizations were actually targeted. A staggering 466 organizations were singled out by IRS officials for extra scrutiny because of their political orientation, according to a report filed by the tax agency itself. Keep in mind, when the story first broke, the IRS officially claimed no such harassment had taken place. (Read more)
Green-energy mandates, officially known as “Renewable Portfolio Standards,” are laws that require a certain percentage of a state’s energy production to be from renewable sources, such as wind or solar. While there are some marginal economic benefits to greater reliance on green energy, these benefits are overshadowed by the substantially more expensive cost of production. In 2016 these mandates will reduce Nevada’s economic growth by $1.7 billion, and reduce the state’s employment growth by 11,000 jobs. (Read more. And learn how to RSVP for NPRI’s June 15th energy policy luncheon by clicking here.)
It’s bad enough that taxpayers are on the hook for trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, thanks to overly-generous public employee retirement pensions — but now we might be on the hook for private sector pensions as well. Lawmakers are working to pass legislation that would “protect” the health and pension benefits of a private sector union, the United Mine Workers of America. And by “protect,” of course, they mean “bailout.” (Read more)
Teacher unions are not designed to protect students, taxpayers or parents. But don’t take our word for it: Albert Shanker, the longtime president of the United Federation of Teachers union, infamously explained that “when school children start paying union dues, that’s when [we’ll] start representing the interests of school children.” (Read more)
Tech giant Google is allegedly manipulating its online search engine to give favorable treatment to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. While there doesn’t seem to be any direct connection between the tech giant and the Clinton campaign, an in-depth study shows that Google alters search results to hide terms and articles that might be damaging to the presidential hopeful. (Read more)
“School’s out for summer!”
Remember singing those lyrics as child? Better yet, as a parent?
I sure do.
I know it’s that time of year when parents are looking to recharge and switch off the early morning alarms, homework, car-loops, lunch boxes, backpacks and the like. So, before parents completely turn off their get-the-kids-to-school routines, I thought I should give an ESA update. And, don’t worry, I will still be out there over the summer with Heels in the Field doing outreach and keeping you up-to-date on the country’s #1 educational choice program!
Over the past month, NevadaESA.com has added well over 300 people to the email list. So, this summer kick-off is going to cover the gamut.
Most Asked Questions:
- If I applied during a previous enrollment period, do I need to reapply? No. The Treasurer’s office asks families not to reapply. The office will pick up where the program left off before the injunction. Letters were in the hopper to parents who submitted applications in 2015. They will go out once the injunction is lifted (I have faith). Applications received after the injunction (2016) will be processed and notices will go out when the injunction is lifted (still having faith).
- When I applied during the 2015 enrollment period, my child was under age 7. Now he is 7 years old. Do I need to do 100 school days and reapply? No and no. The Treasurer’s office has stated it will pick up where the program left off before the injunction. Letters of acceptance to the families of 5 and 6 year olds were ready to be sent. They will be sent once the injunction is lifted (I have faith).
- Once the injunction is lifted (again, I have faith), will funding be retroactive? No. There will be no “back- pay,” so to say. Funding applies to forward expenses. Any costs incurred between applying and the start of funding is the parent’s responsibility.
- What can I do to help? Spread the word about ESA and NevadaESA.com. When parents are informed about the various educational choices available to them, they are empowered to become effective advocates for their children. Remember, I am happy to come talk in your homes, churches, sports practices, civic groups, place of work, etc… No group is too small or too large.
- Nevada law requires enrollment in a public school for the 100 school days immediately preceding an ESA application for program eligibility. Do not apply before 100 school days.
- Holidays, in-service days, and school breaks are not counted towards the 100 days.
- The 100 school days can cross school years. So, you could earn some days in the 2015-16 school year and the rest in the 2016-17 school year. However, you must be continuously enrolled.
- *** The 100-school-day requirement is waived for 5 and 6 year olds *** Your child must be 5 years old by September 30, 2016 to be eligible for the 2016-17 school year.
- *** The 100-school-day requirement is waived for active duty military families ***
- The Treasurer is now accepting applications through June 30th. Applications must be stamped received in the Treasurer’s office by 5:00 p.m. on June 30th to meet the deadline.
- Due to the injunction in the Lopez case, applications will not be processed. You will not receive notice of receipt from the Treasurer’s office. I recommend mailing your application certified-return-receipt. Keep your receipt as proof of delivery.
- You may also hand-deliver your application to the Carson City office at 101 N. Carson Street, Suite 4, or the Grant Sawyer office in Las Vegas, located at 555 E. Washington. Ask for a copy of the stamped application, or take a picture on your phone. Keep for your records.
- I will have Heels in the Field on June 14th for an ESA information and application assistance event at TCMI Church located at 5101 N. Rainbow, off Rancho Drive across from the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino at 6:30 p.m. Thank you, Karla Raypon-Severson, for all your hard work. [link to flyer]
- Be sure to check NevadaESA.com for summer events. I will be in the field all summer.
- In the Lopez case, the northern Nevada case with the injunction, the Nevada Supreme Court has set oral arguments for Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. for one hour. Arguments will take place in Las Vegas at the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Avenue on the 17th Floor.
- On May 18, 2016, Judge Eric Johnson dismissed with prejudice, meaning the case can’t be refiled, the Duncan case in southern Nevada brought by the ACLU. The ACLU has until July 1st to file a notice of appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.
As we have learned this past year, when it comes to lawsuits, the cases are always fluid — meaning things change often. Motions are filed, extensions are granted, hearings are rescheduled, etc.… So, be sure to look for my updates.
Depending on how quickly the Nevada Supreme Court turns out a decision in Lopez, the Treasurer’s office is gearing up for an August funding. Now, I’m going to be very honest here, any hope for an August funding is going to require swift action by schools, vendors and parents.
- Please, have the necessary documents to complete your application or registrations scanned, uploaded and ready to go on your computer. So when asked to upload them, it’s a quick click and done. I am happy to help you scan. I have portable scanners… and I do travel.
- Be sure to monitor your email daily once the injunction is lifted (I really do have faith). Check your junk email to make sure you haven’t received an email from the Treasurer’s office.
- Once the injunction is lifted (have I told you, I’m moving forward with faith that everything is going to turn out just right?), the Treasurer’s office has asked that parents, schools and vendors give the office a few weeks to get the system back online, register participating entities and input the more than 2500 paper applications waiting before making calls. The office will send emails as they are ready to proceed.
Stay Strong! And, #LetOurChildrenSucceed
Government’s attempts to centrally plan Nevada’s Energy future has created a mess for ratepayers. Renewable Portfolio Standards, crony “green-energy” subsidies and NV Energy’s utility monopoly have resulted in ever-increasing energy costs for the state. As a consequence, ratepayers are in desperate need of sound policy solutions. Join NPRI on June 15th for a policy luncheon outlining how rational energy policy can bring superior future economic success to the Silver State. (RSVP here)
Over half of the 23 healthcare co-ops created by Obamacare have gone bankrupt, leaving little doubt that the program is in need of substantial reform. The latest co-op to declare insolvency, Ohio’s InHealth Mutual, is the 13th — leaving nearly 22,000 consumers with a mere 60 days to find new health coverage. Despite $129 million in taxpayer-backed loans, the company reported an underwriting loss of more than $80 million. (Read more)
Socialism doesn’t work. Thanks to the central planners in Caracas, the nation of Venezuela is in an apocalyptic economic freefall. Due to inflation, food items such as McDonalds French-fries cost hundreds of dollars, and basic living supplies such as sugar, toilet paper and fuel are so scarce that rioting is almost non-stop in major metropolitan areas. Moreover, the economic collapse brought on by the nation’s socialist policies have resulted in widespread violence, the world’s highest murder rate and tyrannical martial law throughout the nation’s population centers. (Read more)
They descended on Nevada legislators in 2013, promising new jobs in the state’s depressed areas and higher tax revenue for state government. “They” included the head national lobbyist for one of the nation’s biggest firms targeting the government-subsidized investment industry, Advantage Capital Partners, and the legislation’s sponsor, State Senate Republican Minority Leader Michael C. Roberson. And the result was $112 million in taxpayer money being spent for, essentially, zilch. (Read more)
A record number of Americans are no longer working, or even looking for work, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. In May, the number of Americans not participating in the labor force climbed to nearly 95 million. To put that number into perspective, that is almost 15 million more people not looking for work since the tail end of the “great recession” in 2009. (Read more)