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Veterans Day, 2015

November 11, 2015

How the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ensures compromise, not capitulation

Pledge signers shape which policy proposals actually get presented

November 9, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

“Shaping the path,” a term used by brothers Chip and Dan Heath in their book Switch: How to change things when change is hard, describes how environmental factors change people’s behavior — often without conscious recognition.

Economic freedom is good for the state, too

October 14, 2015 | by Geoffrey Lawrence , Ron Knecht

The freedom of individuals to take a job, quit a job, start a business, or close a business at will is an essential part of America.  When Thomas Jefferson wrote that we have a God-given right to "the pursuit of happiness," this is a big part of what he meant. 

Presidential candidates should state their position on federal lands

October 12, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

As Presidential candidates make their way to Nevada, the economy will undoubtedly be among their talking points, and in the West, the future of the economy has much to do with land.

Nevada ACLU gets crosswise on history with liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices

Blaine claim ignores well-documented history

October 7, 2015 | by Steven Miller

Inadvertently, the ACLU’s recent Las Vegas Review-Journal op-ed was actually illuminating.

Illuminating, because it reveals how much the organization’s case against Nevada’s Education Savings Accounts has to rely upon historical ignorance and weasel words.

Take, for example, the ACLU’s recurrent use of, and indeed dependence upon, the word “sectarian.”

Power plant proposal would hike burden on Nevada ratepayers

October 6, 2015 | by Paul Bachman , David Tuerck Ph.D.

Nevada’s electric monopoly, NV Energy, has asked the state Public Utilities Commission to approve a controversial proposal to build a new 706-megawatt natural gas power plant that could cost up to $1 billion.

Compared to the alternative of purchasing natural gas power from existing power plants, the marginal cost to ratepayers of NV Energy’s plan for a new power plant would be $115 million in 2020 alone.

Building the new power plant would reduce employment by 1,614 jobs, and lower investment in Nevada by $18 million. Electricity rates would increase by 3.2 percent, costing the average consumer each year an additional $31 and the average industrial rate payer $9,970. From 2020-2025, the increased cost to ratepayers will total $604 million.

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