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2017 in Review, Part 2: The Year of Epic Struggles

2017 may have been just one year, but it had more than enough news to span a decade. That certainly proved true in the second half of the year, as Nevadans tried to make sense of Congress’ debate over health care and taxes. Las Vegas then suffered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and the nation once more had to come to terms with its gun laws. By the end of the year President Donald Trump signed his tax…

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Dollars and Sense: A Conversation with Francine Lipman on What’s Actually in the Trump-GOP Tax Plan

Congress just passed the most consequential tax legislation in over three decades. It’s been sold by the White House as a “middle-class tax cut”, but is it really? What’s actually in this bill? We speak with UNLV Boyd Law Professor Francine Lipman on how federal tax law is changing, and Nevadans can expect from this tax bill in the years ahead. (more…)

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What the Heller? A Conversation with Health Care Activist Laura Packard on the Trump-GOP Tax Plan Means for Nevada

With the House and the Senate narrowly approving the Trump-GOP Tax Plan in the past 36 hours, the bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. What did Senator Dean Heller (R) and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) just vote to pass? We speak with Las Vegas resident, stage four cancer survivor, and nationally renowned health care activist Laura Packard on what this bill means for her, and for the future of health care in Nevada. (more…)

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Amodei Joins Fellow House Republicans to Pass Final Version of Trump-GOP Tax Plan

With only three days left for Congress to finish its work for the year, including passing a budget bill to keep the government open, Republican leaders rushed through their final version of the Trump Tax Plan. Despite the bill’s growing unpopularity, the House approved it on another mostly party-line vote of 227-203. That division materialized again among Nevada’s Members of Congress, as Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) broke with the rest of the state’s delegation to vote for the tax…

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This Is Hunger: Temple Beth Sholom Hosts Exhibit on America’s Food Security Crisis

On Monday, Temple Beth Sholom hosted a trailer on its Summerlin campus to tell the story of hunger in America. As many Americans rush to finish their holiday gift shopping and prepare their holiday party menus, over 41 million Americans struggle with food security. As the season of giving kicks into high gear. Temple Beth Sholom and anti-poverty activists are hoping their fellow Nevadans won’t just remember the less fortunate, but also do something about this crisis in our own…

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Trump-GOP Tax Plan Goes to Conference, Though Final Passage Is Still Not a Done Deal

Tomorrow, House and Senate Republicans are expected to go to conference to resolve their differences on the Trump-GOP Tax Plan. While these differences don’t seem major at first glance, Republican leaders risk defections in both chambers depending on how they develop the final bill. And with Democrats fully united in opposition to the tax plan, Republicans can’t afford much of any margin of error. (more…)

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Constituents Forcibly Removed from LIBRE Forum As Heller Praised Passage of Trump Tax Plan

Hours after Senator Dean Heller (R) voted to pass the Senate version of the Trump Tax Plan, he appeared at the LIBRE Initiative’s policy forum at the Palace Station in Las Vegas to make his case. Yet as Heller was confronted by constituents with their questions about the tax plan, the federal budget, and immigration reform, LIBRE and Station Casinos security removed these constituents from the event as Heller attempted to deflect and stick to his message. (more…)

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Despite Tweaks, Trump Tax Plan Still Poses Major Risks for Nation’s Fiscal Health and Health Care System

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate Budget Committee narrowly approved a revised version of the Trump Tax Plan. Republican leaders made a few changes to win over holdouts in their caucus, but these changes don’t actually change the core of this tax package. It still primarily benefits the wealthiest Americans, it still grows the budget deficit while providing little economic benefit, and it still poses major risk to the nation’s health care system. (more…)

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Much at Stake for Nevada As Federal Budget Deadline Looms

Now that Congress is back from Thanksgiving break, it’s time for them to get back to work. While Republican leaders are pushing to pass some version of the Trump Tax Plan by the end of the year, there are actually far more pressing issues that they’ve thus far left unresolved. Let’s review what these issues are, and why Congress must resolve them in the weeks ahead. (more…)

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Nevadans Visit Heller’s Office to Demand “Not One Penny” for Trump’s Tax Plan

The “Not One Penny” coalition of progressive activists called a national day of action against the Trump Tax Plan on Tuesday. Here in Nevada, that meant yet another group of constituents paying Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas office a visit. They demanded that Heller revoke his support for a tax plan that essentially redistributes wealth from the working poor and middle class to the wealthiest 1% of Americans. (more…)