Over the past dozen years, Nevada lawmakers have increasingly used their power to pick winners and losers in the economy. They have raised taxes on households and businesses and effectively handed over proceeds to favored competitors. That trend is reaching a crescendo in the 2023 legislative session. Back in 2011,… Read More
Finally, after years of debate, tax-free Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) are available for the self-employed in Nevada. As of New Year’s Day, tenacious resistors of managed care-styled health care plans now have other options which do not employ such negative cost saving incentives as rationing and corporate profit in place of sound medical decisions. This is not the run-of-the-mill health care plan because MSAs carry investment options which the other plans do not have.
As our legislature looks forward to the changing of a decade it’s time reevaluate where we are and where we want to be in the year 2000. Despite considerable attention paid to balancing budgets in the midst of more and more responsibility assumed at the state and local levels, we have paid little attention to the disparities in compensation and benefits between the public and private employee. The following statistics will examine the decade between 1980 and 1990. 1990 to 1996 will be examined in a future Issue Brief.
Look out: big labor is back!But then they never really went away! This year as in years passed, labor (the AFL-CIO affiliates in Nevada, teacher’s unions affiliated with the National Education and state and local public employee unions) has flexed their political muscles with millions of dollars in political contributions. Money has flowed from the pockets of union members through union headquarters directly into the pockets of Democratic candidates at Federal, State and local levels. Did the union members have a say in who got these campaign donations? No!