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House Passes Its Version of Trump Tax Plan, But Senate Version Is in Doubt

Today, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Trump Tax Plan, mostly along party lines. With the House vote, President Donald Trump is one step closer to accomplishing a key part of his legislative agenda. But at the same time, Senate Republicans have run into trouble over Republicans’ decision to include repeal of a key part of Obamacare in their tax bill. Let’s examine the difference between what was in the House bill and what is in the…

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Republicans Continue to Tweak Trump’s Tax Plan. It Still Benefits the Richest Americans the Most.

Yesterday, Senate Republicans began to unveil their version of the tax plan President Donald Trump wants to sign into law by the end of the year. Though they made some changes on top of the changes House Republicans made to the original framework, it still directs the bulk of the benefits to the wealthiest 1% of Americans. Despite Trump’s promises to “cut taxes for the middle class”, some middle class households may still end up paying more in taxes if the…

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New Study, Same Old Problem: A Look Inside Nevada Schools’ Achievement Gap

Today, local children’s advocates released a new study that points to alarming inequities across our public infrastructure, including K-12 education. Though overall student achievement remains a major problem, it’s even more severe in communities of color. Why are students of color at a disadvantage, and what can be done about it? We look deeper into the numbers to find answers. (more…)

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Amodei Speaks to Las Vegas Metro Chamber, Breaks with Sandoval on Health Care and Yucca Mountain

On Friday, Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) opened up during his appearance at the “Eggs and Issues” breakfast hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. Amodei spent the morning explaining his conditions for supporting the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, and Donald Trump’s tax plan. After the breakfast, Amodei then answered our questions on what lies ahead for Congress on health care. (more…)

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Trump-GOP Tax Plan Has Tax Cuts for Richest Nevadans, Budget Cuts for Everyone Else

This week, Republican leaders are maneuvering to place Donald Trump’s tax cut proposal on top of Congress’ agenda. In turn, Trump is justifying this by claiming that his tax cuts are designed to help working-class families. But is this really the case? We not only fact-check Trump’s tax spin, but we also speak with the experts about who truly benefits the most from these tax cuts. (more…)

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CCSD Trustees Decide on Next Round of Budget Cuts

After five-plus hours of outrage, rancor, frustration, and sorrow from both sides of the dais, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees agreed to an alternative budget proposal in hopes of staving off any further cuts to support staff or special education programs. The CCSD Board also proposed a financial review to approve next month to respond to public demands for increased accountability. (more…)

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Nevadans Take Stock After Heller’s Trumpcare Bill Tumbles

On Tuesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced the latest version of Trumpcare would not get a floor vote this week. The next day, Nevadans voiced their frustration over Senator Dean Heller (R) cosponsoring this Trumpcare bill as they urged Congress to pivot to legislation that could actually improve Nevadans’ health care. (more…)

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Back to the Drawing Board: A Conversation with Nancy Brune and Sylvia Lazos on CCSD and Public Education in Nevada

Last week, Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky announced his June 2018 retirement. As CCSD is navigating major changes in public education, including its own reorganization, we speak with experts on what lies ahead for the district. We also discuss whether a state budgetary formula is the root of CCSD’s ongoing financial woes. (more…)

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“Big Things Don’t Run Well”: A Conversation with NPRI President John Tsarpalas on Education and the State Budget

We recently had the opportunity to speak with John Tsarpalas, the new President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI). For 27 years, NPRI has been a major force to advance conservative ideas in the Silver State. But in recent years, NPRI found itself on the losing side in major battles on tax reform and school vouchers. Tsarpalas explained to us how NPRI is moving on, despite these recent setbacks. (more…)

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Heller Strikes Out on Trumpcare with McCain’s Rejection of Graham-Cassidy

On Friday, the latest iteration of Trumpcare likely received its death blow when Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) announced his opposition to the bill. Just like his last-minute thumbs-down late in July, McCain’s opposition probably seals the fate of Republicans’ current push to repeal Obamacare. And once again, Senator Dean Heller (R) is left with nothing to show for it. (more…)