This week in the Nevada legislature
To justify SB224 — also known as the “PERS secrecy” bill — lobbyist Marlene Lockard relied almost entirely on known falsehoods in her official testimony to lawmakers. However, because state law makes it a crime to knowingly misrepresent any fact when testifying before a legislative committee, Nevada Policy recently filed a legal complaint with Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Rick Combs and the attorney general’s office. (Watch the video and learn more about the complaint by clicking here.) Nonetheless, SB224 passed the Senate. What’s noteworthy, however, is the fact that opposition to the bill was actually bipartisan. Not only did every single GOP lawmaker vote against the PERS secrecy bill, but so did two Democrats — one of which was the Democrat senate majority leader, Nicole Cannizzaro! (Read more)
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Proponents of new (or higher) taxes always like to point out that “taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized society.” Well, that would be true if our tax dollars were actually spent effectively or efficiently — and they most certainly are not. In recognition of Tax Day, Reason took a quick look at six small yet infuriating examples of how the federal government wastes our hard-earned money. (Read more)
Increasingly, activists are targeting businesses that donate to “politically incorrect” causes and campaigns — such as gun rights — by harassing, protesting and boycotting. Now, however, even activist governments are deciding to target businesses that don’t tow the progressive line on sensitive cultural issues. The city of Los Angeles recently passed an ordinance that requires any contractor doing any work for the city to report if it sponsors the National Rifle Association (or even if it merely has contracts with the group) so the city can be sure to only do business with contractors that support the council’s anti-gun agenda. The NRA is, unsurprisingly, suing on First Amendment grounds. (Read more)
The first “Earth Day” took place in 1970 — and since that time, the topic of climate change, global warming and other environmental policies have only become more politically heated. So, maybe it’s worth asking just how much of the apocalyptic climate alarmism that has been used to justify new taxes, increased regulation and bigger government has actually proven itself to be grounded in reality. The answer is, not much. In fact, there have been many doom-and-gloom predictions used by the environmental movement to grow the size and scope of government that have proven to be spectacularly wrong. (Read more)