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The Policy Circle — a national organization in which women facilitate discussion of public policy on both the national and local level with neighbors, friends and community leaders — is getting active here in Nevada. It provides a calendar with suggested topics for meetings, short issue briefs that provide an overview of the topic and discussion pointers, so women locally can begin in-depth discussions about the policies that impact all of our lives. Working with local think tanks like Nevada Policy, The Policy Circle provides inside information on issues of the day, but is still completely managed, organized and driven by women in local communities who realize policy’s importance.
The Circle’s website offers great tools for Nevada women interested in getting their friends, neighbors and coworkers more involved in policy discussions — especially relevant, with the next legislative session almost here! If you’d like some assistance in holding meetings where people can inform, be informed, and have good discussions of the issues, click here to learn more about The Policy Circle and get involved!
Corruption and abuse in CCSD
In recent years Nevadans have seen numerous reports of special-needs students in the Clark County School District being physically abused by teachers and aides. Is deliberate indifference to the physical abuse of its autistic students part of Clark County School District’s business plan? It might seem like an entirely outrageous allegation, however, court records — specifically, federal complaints filed and adjudicated against the district over the last two decades — present a darker picture. Nevada Policy’s Vice President Steve Miller’s latest investigative series takes a deep dive into the issue. Part two and Part three of the series explore the real-life impact CCSD’s corruption, abuse and indifference has had on some of the district’s most vulnerable students. (Read Part two and Part three here)
Tax and spend
Proving that absolutely nothing is out of reach of a tax-happy government, the state of California now wants to tax text messages. Revenue from the proposed tax would go toward offsetting the cost of a state program that funds communication services for low-income earners as well as some disabled state residents. It’s not entirely clear, however, what the final cost would be to customers. Some estimates suggest the text-tax could cost consumers more than $40 million per year. Moreover, in addition to taxing any and all text messages moving forward, the proposal would also apply to texts sent up to five years ago. (Read more)
Behind the argument for a higher minimum wage is a fundamental misunderstanding of what wages actually represent. As National Review’s Kevin Williamson explains, “People value what they value and they prioritize what they prioritize, each according to his own needs, tastes, and interests.” And it is that personal judgment of value that sets the prices people will pay for goods, services and labor. In other words, while the government might be able to mandate particular prices (for example, wages), those mandates won’t change the actual value that consumers or employers place on those particular goods or services. If employers don’t value the work an employee does as much as government diktats say it “should,” they’ll simply do without that employee. Simply changing the minimum wage doesn’t change the real value of particular labor services, no matter how much some activists might wish it did. (Read more)
Libertarians and conservatives have cheered on President Donald Trump’s relentless campaign to roll back unnecessary federal regulation. The progressive response to this wave of deregulation, unsurprisingly, has been quite different. Center for American Progress Senior Advisor Sam Berger, for example, argued that “deregulation” is simply “a code word for letting big businesses cut corners at everyone else’s expense.” However, it wasn’t that long ago that top Democrats had a very different view and actually cheered the exact kind of deregulation the current administration is currently taking on. (Watch the video here)