GOP lawsuit vital to protecting our representative system of government
In an effort to defend our state constitution and representative system of government, the Senate Republican Caucus recently filed a lawsuit to invalidate a pair of tax hikes that were passed without the constitutionally required two-thirds support. After successive, landslide votes in 1994 and 1996, Nevadans amended the state… Read More
This letter originally appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Kudos to state Senate Republicans for challenging the unconstitutional Modified Business Tax extension. The voter-approved, two-thirds constitutional requirement for any tax…
By Daniel Honchariw This article originally appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal. All workers deserve to have a voice when it comes to negotiating the terms of their employment — unfortunately,…
This article was originally published by the Nevada Business Magazine. If progressive voters really want the kind of “bold” and “transformative” changes big-government politicians keep promising, they had better change…
While crime across the U.S. and Nevada has increased dramatically over the last thirty years, the risk of imprisonment has actually decreased. For example, in 1960 there were 90 people in prison per 1,000 serious crimes, but in 1990 there were only 30. In addition, the odds of being a victim are far greater today than a generation ago. In 1963 the FBI crime index tabulated 2,180 reported crimes per 100,000 people; in 1993, this index counted 5,483 crimes per 100,000 people.
Unfortunately, the factors that most directly influence criminal behavior–moral decay, loss of family structure and denial of personal accountability–are difficult to change and not easily legislated. Furthermore, those factors that government can control–our laws, police, criminal justice strategies and public assistance programs–have an indirect effect on criminal behavior at best. Nevada, albeit a wonderful place to live, has unique problems with crime due to our tourist-driven economy and 24-hour culture. Traditional attempts at legislating this criminal behavior have consistently failed in every measurable way—except perhaps to encourage more crime. For all our sakes, our cities need to take a new approach to safeguarding our streets.
Prior to the election, Congress passed historic welfare reform legislation which President Clinton reluctantly signed into law. Regardless of his promises to correct the "flaws" of the bill, Nevada should have a basic understanding of how the legislation changes the current system.