Growth and development

Diversificationís unhappy history: Part IV

Some of the stateís most powerful interests have long fought broadening Nevadaís job base

February 23, 2011 | by Steven Miller

An economic analysis from the CED has discredited the two main arguments the Nevada Resort Association has used and continues to use in support of a broad-based business tax.

Diversificationís unhappy history: Part I

Some of the stateís most powerful interests have long fought broadening Nevadaís job base

February 2, 2011 | by Steven Miller

Some of Nevada's most powerful interests have secretly fought broadening Nevada's job base.

Money pit

Strict rules, lack of payment plague federal housing money

October 19, 2010 | by Kyle Gillis

Federal housing money is plagued by lack of payment and restrictive rules.

Reluctance to tax? Where?

Nevadaís tax burden ranks in the top half of states

May 3, 2010 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Contrary to what William Epstein and William Thompson of UNLV assert in their May 2 Las Vegas Review-Journal opinion column, there is no shortage of tax revenue in the Silver State.

A more reasonable road

Privatization can help address our transportation challenges

March 25, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

According to the Urban Mobility Report, from Texas A&M's Texas Transportation Institute, the average commuter in Las Vegas will face 30 hours of traffic delays over the course of a year - almost an entire work week wasted in traffic. As Nevada continues to grow, congestion and pollution problems will mount unless the increasing demand for road capacity is met.

Rolling the Dice on the Taxpayersí Dime

January 29, 2009 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Nevada's redevelopment agencies spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing private developers, which increases the tax burden on citizens and fosters corruption. There is a better way to encourage redevelopment.

Socialism in America

It's a bad idea, whatever we call it.

November 12, 2008 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

After more than 200 years, Americans still believe in individual freedom, and so socialism has remained a dirty word. The political Left has worked diligently to rebrand socialism in America, and thus it has gone by many names. Today, opportunistic politicians, illiberal academics and economically illiterate journalists are once again trotting out old myths to breathe new life into an idea that should be long dead.

Jobs for the sake of jobs

Failing businesses must be allowed to fail.

November 6, 2008 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

Ropchai Premsrirut, former assistant professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, explained recently in the Las Vegas Sun how he believes he is doing his part to prevent unemployment – namely, by not quickly ending the hemorrhaging of a money-losing restaurant he recently took over.

Old myths about the New Deal

We must reject the Hoover-Roosevelt approach to economic policy.

November 4, 2008 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

Las Vegas Sun publisher Brian Greenspun this week turned his normal column space over to a former assistant professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ropchai Premsrirut, who focused on creating jobs in a shrinking economy.

Less Is More

How Government Caused the Financial Crisis

October 13, 2008 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Public authorities in Nevada and across the globe are pointing fingers in the wrong direction.  They are blaming private investors and entrepreneurs engaging in free enterprise for the faults of Washington.  Senator Harry Reid's website claims that a lack of government involvement in transactions between private individuals "caused the current financial crisis hurting Nevada families." 

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