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The vast Great Basin sagebrush sea and pinyon-juniper clothed mountains. Here at Monitor Range. We love it!…
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26 Must See Nevada Ghost Towns and How to Get There | TravelNevada
There are more Nevada ghost towns than populated towns. Over 600 ghost towns are scattered through Nevada tie directly to why the Silver State became the Silver State. Whether you are looking for ghost towns near reno or ghost towns near vegas, you are sure to find plenty during your trip to Nevada.
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12 weeks ago by riotryan
Ghost Town Art & Coffee Co. In Nevada Has The Best Cup Of Coffee
You can find anything in the middle of the Nevada desert...including the best cup of coffee you'll ever have!
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june 2019 by riotryan
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may 2019 by tolkien
Teacher raises in jeopardy as Clark County School District seeks more state funding
The Clark County School District expects to receive roughly $55 million in new revenue for the upcoming school year, but leaders say it’s not enough to cover the governor’s promised teacher pay raises.

Gov. Steve Sisolak proposed a 3 percent teacher raise and a 2 percent roll-up salary increase in both years of the next biennium. The problem: Clark County Superintendent Jesus Jara said the raises would cost the district $100 million — well above the funding increase it anticipates receiving.

School district officials said the 3 percent salary increase — essentially a cost-of-living adjustment — would cost about $60 million during the 2019-2020 academic year. The 2 percent roll-up increase, which reflects upward movement on the salary scale, would require $40 million. On top of that, Jara said the district expects a 10 percent increase in health-care costs.

Given the district’s obligation to submit a balanced budget, the raises don’t appear in the tentative 2019-2020 budget that Clark County School Board members reviewed Wednesday during a work session.

“This is why we have not included the salary increases that our employees deserve,” Jara said.

The superintendent said he supports Sisolak’s desire to award the raises and has been working with legislative leaders to find more funding. The school district must submit its tentative budget to the Nevada Department of Taxation by April 15. Adoption of the final budget doesn’t happen until later in May.

The tentative budget includes an estimate of funding from the Distributive School Account, the state’s main pot of education funding. Jara said the DSA funding is expected to increase by $214 million, but Clark County’s share would be roughly $55 million.
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april 2019 by jtyost2
Bill would mandate teacher raises every year, applies pressure as Democratic governor's budget poses more modest pay boost
Gov. Steve Sisolak has proposed offering teachers a one-time raise of 3 percent in the coming fiscal year, but the Clark County Education Association is getting behind a bill that would up the ante, requiring an annual raise for teachers and support staff that would align with the Consumer Price Index.

AB277, sponsored by Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo and other Democrats, initially called for school districts to set aside enough money that they would raise salaries by 3 percent each year. CCEA Executive Director John Vellardita says an amendment would instead tie to the rate that the overall cost of living is rising.

“This is a piece of legislation that essentially tries to capture a commitment by not just the governor but the leadership,” Vellardita said. “This is one of those moments where the expectation of delivering what’s been promised is pretty high.”

To carry out the raises, the bill would require districts to set aside the money needed for the increases at the beginning of the year and account for it separately. They would not be allowed to revert it to the general fund and must instead roll it over to the next year to support teacher raises.

The teachers union has rallied its members to push for the increase, asking them to contact their legislators specifically to support the measure. Raising salaries was a key tenet in Sisolak’s campaign and a key priority for voters, Vellardita said. The Nevada State Education Association also supports the bill.

So far, legislative leaders have been noncommittal on a bill that would conflict with the governor’s budget and, if brought up for a vote, could force some Democrats into the bad optics of voting against a teacher raise. Sisolak’s one-time bump would cost about $181 million over the next two years — about half of that to raise the teachers’ salaries and half to maintain that raise in the second year of the biennium.

Tying raises to the CPI is a strategy to compensate for potential downturns, Vellardita said, but the bill’s specifications that a raise happen each year could put decisionmakers on the hook for more than Sisolak’s budget specifies. In the last decade, the annual rate of inflation has fluctuated from -0.4 percent during the recession to 3.8 percent.

The Clark County School District said it wouldn’t support the bill without the major funding it might need to execute the plan. So far, nobody has proposed a dramatic tax increase that could back it.
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march 2019 by jtyost2
Lawmakers hear bill to require tourist-focused microhospital to accept Medicare, Medicaid
Tucked just off the Strip, behind Planet Hollywood and across the street from Topgolf, lies a small, 22-bed hospital.

In many ways, it resembles a traditional hospital, providing emergency care, including in-house labs, digital X-rays and CT scans, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In other ways, it doesn’t. Similar to other micohospitals that have recently opened in Las Vegas, you can’t undergo surgery or receive treatment in an intensive care unit there.

But there is one key difference that separates it from the rest of Nevada’s hospitals and microhospitals: It doesn’t take Medicare or Medicaid.

The hospital, Elite Medical Center, is frank about this. Since it opened in July, its business model has been based on providing emergency care to tourists, who make up 80 percent of its patient base. The federally-run Medicare program for the elderly and the state-run Medicaid program for low-income residents just isn’t lucrative and therefore isn’t part of its business model.

“We purposely made the decision not to be part of Medicare and Medicaid because of the inherent burdens that participating in a federal government program can add to quality care and efficiency,” hospital lobbyist Mike Draper told lawmakers on the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday.

The rub is this: The rest of Nevada’s hospitals use their privately insured patients to subsidize the cost of treating those covered under Medicare and Medicaid. Hospitals argue that the rates paid by government insurance programs don’t come close to the actual costs of providing care, so they must carefully balance the number of patients they take under each type of insurance in order to stay financially solvent.
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march 2019 by jtyost2
Affordable housing tax credits not 'silver bullet' but touted as pathway to more low-income development
Nevada’s shortage of affordable housing isn’t just a problem; state lawmakers alternatively describe the growing shortage of affordable places to live as a “crisis” and “disaster” hitting the state’s poorest residents the hardest.

Legislators have proposed several measures designed to tackle affordable housing, the most notable of which — SB448 — would allocate $10 million per year in transferable tax credits for affordable housing development.

Democratic Sen. Julia Ratti, who presented the bill and chaired an interim legislative committee on affordable housing, told lawmakers on the Senate Revenue and Economic Development Committee on Monday that the tax credits would help spur development of another 600 units of low-cost housing every year, and match up with federal requirements for low-income housing credits to ease burdens on developers.

“We know that the market does not produce these units,” she said. “The lack of the state’s investment is part of the reason that we’re the worst in the nation.”

The bill sets forward a framework for the tax credits, which can be claimed against certain taxes on insurance, gaming license fees or the state payroll tax. The credits wouldn’t cover the full cost of housing development; rather, the state housing division would assess applications sent in by developers and determine what amount of tax credits would be needed to make the project “financially feasible.”
nevada  housing  government  politics  economics  taxes 
march 2019 by jtyost2

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