This week in the Nevada legislature
This week in Carson City was extremely busy, as an avalanche of new bills were being introduced. Notably, Nevada’s teachers unions are pushing key policies, now that they appear to have a compliant legislature. A bill was introduced to put a moratorium on charter schools, even though thousands of Nevada families have placed their names on waiting lists for the charters that are already operational. (Read more about that here.) Nevertheless, a few good bills also appeared this week. Assembly Bill 420 aims to protect the due-process rights of Nevadans by reforming the state’s Civil Asset Forfeiture laws. (Read more about that here.) Nevada Policy even testified in support of the bill, and was specifically thanked by lawmakers for the Institute’s past studies that highlighted the need for reform.
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Twenty-one states — including Nevada — are poised, reportedly, to raise the government-mandated minimum wage this year. That’s despite honest economists’ knowledge that such state-imposed hikes harm consumers and kill jobs for low-skilled employees. Already, restaurants in many states are laying off workers, while others are rapidly raising prices. In San Diego, for example, many restaurants are adding a highlighted surcharge of 3 to 5 percent on all meals, in an effort to offset their increased costs and inform customers why those costs are rising. (Read more)
Socialist Venezuela continues to crumble. Fresh water is considered a luxury, as the nation with the world’s largest oil reserves continues to struggle through power outages and mass blackouts. Life for most people living in Venezuela has been described as “medieval.” The chaos, poverty and government failure is extraordinary — especially given that the nation was once one of the wealthiest in the region. (Read more)
The most important thing to remember when it comes to an ever-growing government is this: Government has a monopoly on the legal use of violence. What is meant by that, is that every law, every mandate and every regulation government imposes, is backed up by the threat of violence. Take for example the recent case in Arizona, where cops broke through the door of a family’s home in the middle of the night, stormed in with their guns drawn, handcuffed the father, and took custody of the family’s three kids — all because the mom had decided her toddler’s fever was not serious enough to merit a trip to the hospital. (Read more)