Downtown Las Vegas leads statewide recession recovery

Downtown Las Vegas leads statewide recession recovery

One year ago, the Las Vegas City Council spent long hours wrestling with a new ordinance to make the FSE experience better. It had been drug down by street performers spending more time fighting and competing among themselves than they spent performing. They chased tourists down and extorted tips from them, nastily. The regulations we passed, and enforced, have definitely improved the visitor experience. And now, look! Downtown leads the state in recession recovery. Kudos to city staff and my colleagues on the Council!

Here’s the …

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State Treasurer Posts Alternate Nevada State Budget

Disclosure note: From time to time, I serve as treasurer for various political campaigns. I served as campaign treasurer for Dan Schwartz last year.

Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz has proposed a budget plan for the state that increases spending 4.6% over the next two years. This stands directly opposed to Governor Brian Sandoval’s proposed state budget that increases spending over 12%, and would require over a billion in tax hikes on Nevadans instead of tourists. This comes on the heels of major state tax hikes, mostly …

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Setting Nevadans Up For A Massive Tax Hike – again!

In preparation for the upcoming budget wars lets take a look at Nevada’s welfare rolls from the pre-recession levels, through the 2007-09 recession, and during the recovery from 2009 through FY 2015. The picture from below (from the Nevada Division of Welfare site tells the story:

This is the TANF caseloads from 2006 through 2015. TANF is the new acronym for welfare (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). In 2007 the caseload was 17,712. At the end of the recession the caseload was 22,556 (a 27% increase). …

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$12-million sewer project slated to slow traffic on Rampart

The city of Las Vegas will begin a sanitary sewer pipe installation project on Rampart Boulevard next week (starting Aug. 4).

Phase 1, planned from August to October 2014, will include a sewer bypass at Lake Mead and work along Rampart between Lake Mead and Hillpointe Road. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday for the first few weeks to place the sewer bypass system and begin work on sewer pipe placement. Showers, dishwashers and …

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Happy 75th Anniversary

What fun to help celebrate (with Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony and proud son/former Mayor Ron Lurie and his son) the 75th anniversary of Art and Ellie Lurie’s marriage at Atria Seville on the Ward 2 – Ward 4 border yesterday! I probably first set eyes on Art stopping into his bar near Paradise and Sahara 25 years ago. He still gives a great speech!

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