Metro’s ‘More Cops’ spending policy unclear
even while agency pursues more funding

Despite multi-millions already on hand, LVMPD remains focused on money worries

In June, Clark County promised the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department $1 million in additional, permanent funding to enable the department to combat an expected uptick in summer crime.

The extra funds seemed to arrive when Metro needed it most, as local residents have witnessed a recent spike in violent crime.

Any relief to Metro, however, from the news of this grant was short-lived. Only days later the county revoked the award when the City of Las Vegas indicated it could not contribute the additional amount required to maintain the statutory funding ratio.

For Metro, this signaled a political loss and a possible portent for future budgetary disagreements.

For Las Vegas citizens, it suggested that the streets, this summer, will be less safe than they might otherwise be.

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Does Tahoe’s North Shore fit the profile
of a job-hungry, low-income community?

Assurances given lawmakers about offices’ locations
didn’t mention a $17-million Tahoe private mansion

The Nevada office of Advantage Capital Partners, whose lobbyist assured state lawmakers the office would serve, and be placed within, local low-income communities.

Can the ritzy North Shore of Lake Tahoe, along Lakeshore Boulevard, somehow qualify as a “low-income community” under Nevada and federal law?

The question arises when comparing the remarks of a lobbyist for the “New Markets Job Act,” approved by Nevada lawmakers and Gov. Brian Sandoval, with state records filed by the lobbyist’s employer.

Advantage Capital Partners Director Ryan Brennan had been asked by a senate committee chairman how ACP would invest the tax credits it would receive under SB 357, touted as the “New Markets Job Act.”

“Our business model,” testified Brennan, “has been to open an office and immediately staff it with full-time lenders in the communities in which we want to invest.”

However the communities in which ACP was seeking toinvest, under SB 357, are federally designated “low-income communities.”

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Even fallback assurances from lobbyist
for NMTC ‘jobs’ program don’t check out

Tax-credit scheme passed by Nevada lawmakers has history of soaking taxpayers

Ryan Brennan of Advantage Capital Partners made the news in 2013 for citing nonexistent Florida and Missouri state audits to convince Nevada legislators to pass a bill that meant millions for his employer.

Auditors in the two states he cited — shown videotapes of Brennan’s testimony — were very clear that no such audits existed or had ever been done.

Confronted with that information by Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Ed Vogel, both Brennan and State Sen. Michael Roberson, sponsor of the bill in question, attempted to argue that no qualitative difference exists between the findings of genuine state audits and the views of consultants in the pay of firms lobbying hard for passage of “New Markets Tax Credit” or NMTC laws.

According to Vogel’s article, Roberson contended that “in the broad sense a state audit can be any type of an evaluation process performed in a state.”

Brennan, for his part, continued to maintain that the State of Nevada could increase tax revenue by foregoing insurance-premium tax revenue through tax credits allocated to firms like his.

The lobbyist, wrote Vogel, “released reports from Missouri and Florida that said revenue generated by the tax credits programs far exceeded the cost of the credits.”

Once again, however, the “released reports from Missouri” can neither be found nor their existence verified. (Regarding the Florida report, see below.)

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At this rate, the State of Nevada will
have blown $112.5 million for zilch

Congressional candidate led Silver State legislature into financial ditch

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

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

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

Does transferable tax credit law
shift power to financial elites?

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

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

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