Labor

Are you one of the millions of employees
who Obama wants punching time-clocks?

Flexible job-scheduling now at risk for many salaried Nevada workers

Are you fortunate enough to have a flexible job schedule?

Does your employer allow you to work remotely some days? To telecommute from home?

Or perhaps you’ve permission to work at odd hours, or on weekends — just so long as the job gets done.

For millions of Americans, flexible job schedules make juggling work and family-life obligations much easier. Salaried workers may, on occasion, leave work earlier than normal quitting time, when personal errands require, then make up the work later.

Employers allow this because they know that happy employees are more productive. When the latter know their employers not only value their work, but trust them, it’s a win-win for everybody.

Until now.

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Fiscal

State gives GOED's favored few
'vouchers' redeemable for cash

'Transferable tax-credit' vouchers shift tax burden to everyone else

Barely 15 months removed from triumphantly announcing that $1.3 billion in tax breaks over 20 years had lured Tesla to build its massive battery factory in the Reno area, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval last December followed up by securing a commitment from upstart electric car company Faraday Future to locate its manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas in return for $215 million in tax relief over the next decade.

With the deals came promises that a state still struggling to shake the residue of economic malaise had turned the corner toward rejuvenation. “It will light up everyone in the region,” Steve Hill, Gov. Sandoval’s point man on economic development, told the Reno Gazette-Journal in regard to Tesla. “Property values will go up. The prosperity of the region will be materially changed.”

Likewise, following the Faraday announcement, the governor predicted in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the arrangement “is going to change the trajectory and economy in Southern Nevada and the state.”

For Nevada taxpayers and business owners living in the here and now, however, the excitement of handing out a total of $1.5 billion in tax incentives to Tesla, owned by a Silicon Valley billionaire, and Faraday, the brainchild of a Chinese billionaire, might be somewhat tempered by a sobering reality.

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Fiscal

Does transferable tax credit law
shift power to financial elites?

Puts control of millions of state dollars in GOED director's hands

At an April 9 legislative committee hearing last year, Steve Hill explained why passage of Senate Bill 507 — establishing a system of transferable tax credits to spur investment and job growth — was in Nevada’s best interest.

“The legislation will align the program costs with the timing of the expense with the companies we are recruiting to Nevada …” said Mr. Hill, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “The transferable tax credit program does not require up-front funding, and the transferable tax credit expense can be accounted for in the years the expense is incurred.”

In addition, thanks to a Nevada constitutional provision against state subsidies to private businesses, the grants and loans Mr. Hill’s office bestowed upon various companies had previously been directed through state and county governments.

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19th Century orphan-care fight
still hobbles Nevada education

Part 1: Today’s school-choice foes use legal precedents
designed to burden members of religious minorities

19th Century orphan-care fight
still hobbles Nevada education

Part 2: Why did the State of Nevada decide to help fund
a Catholic-run orphanage and school in Virginia City?

19th Century orphan-care fight
still hobbles Nevada education

Part 3: How the 1882 Nevada Supreme Court came
to endorse state-based religious discrimination

Prominent Westside pastor prepares
to announce support for Nevada's ESAs

Husband and wife team hope to fix
education for Vegas at-risk youth

They saw Nevada Education Savings Accounts offering a big potential for the community

The creed of the ‘common school’

It was never what today’s secular ideologues assume

Language in Nevada state constitution reveals
19th century anti-Catholic consensus, agenda

U.S. Supreme Court justices, liberal and conservative, acknowledge the history

ACLU lawsuit declines to mention
adverse U.S. Supreme Court rulings

High court has repeatedly supported parental school choice

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