Chantal Lovell

Margin tax could mean the death of long-time Las Vegas construction firm

Owner sees tax forcing her to shut down, lay off 70 employees

April 28, 2014

A Nevada business owner says the margin tax could put her long-time construction company out of business if it passes.

Unsustainable salaries become unsustainable: Reno edition

April 8, 2014

Thirty-five Reno firefighters and their families, as well as all city residents, are about to experience the pain that is the inevitable result of unsustainable salary and benefit increases.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Government employees becoming pension millionaires

April 1, 2014

According to a new study by the American Enterprise Institute, the average full-career public employee in Nevada who retired in 2011 or 2012 will become a “pension millionaire” — someone who receives a million dollars or more in retirement. On average, public retirees in the Silver State receive gold-plated pensions worth $1.33 million. And this doesn’t account for the tens of thousands of dollars in health-care benefits that many retirees receive.

Public retirement in Nevada

It's the best in the U.S.

March 31, 2014

A new study by the American Enterprise Institute shows Nevada's public retirees reap the best benefits in the entire nation. And, the study doesn't consider the benefits of public-safety retirees, which are exorbitant.

Union boss making $192K ready to push North Las Vegas off solvency cliff

March 28, 2014

North Las Vegas union workers are about to force the city into insolvency as they try to increase their already excessive compensation packages. The long-term solution to that problem is legislation to reform or eliminate Nevada’s local government collective bargaining laws.

Small business owner: Margin tax would impose 32% marginal tax rate

Threat of hefty tax offers new incentive to keep revenues low

March 25, 2014

A long-time, small business owner speaks about how the margin tax would affect his business and others. Were it to pass, he estimates it could cause some businesses to scale back.

Why government shouldn't pick winners and losers in the economy: Vegas-arena edition

City Council considering plan to subsidize private arena developer

March 3, 2014

History has shown that when government subsidizes businesses, not only do the favored corporations tend to lose, so do taxpayers and legitimate businesses. Yet, that’s exactly what the City of Las Vegas is considering doing in possibly subsidizing a downtown sports arena.

School choice, not a new, oppressive tax, offers students better opportunities

School choice, not a new, oppressive tax, offers students better opportunities

January 28, 2014

Expanding options for families and students is the way to improve Nevada's education system, not imposing a debilitating tax that will put parents out of work.

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