The most current fiscal projections indicate Nevada’s financial health is in serious jeopardy. With projections indicating Fiscal Year 2021 is roughly $1.2 billion shy of what the legislatively-approved budget requires, it is clear that government finances are in desperate need of cuts, innovation and clear policy guidance moving forward. And… Read More
Juvenile Justice experiments have been popping up across the country, some with remarkable success. If Nevada implemented the simplest of these ideas, namely, Community Juvenile Courts, the state could profit from the innovation in four ways by: Saving already stretched legal resources and tax dollarsProviding long term guidance and aid to kids who have had their first brush with the lawTaking away the gang "badge of courage" that is, arrest and incarcerationCombining a volunteer workforce with trained judicial specialists
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.