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The Indy Explains: How the pandemic altered the state budget and led to a special legislative session

July 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
When state lawmakers convened in Carson City in February 2019, one of their chief tasks was approving a budget for the biennium. It's an operation that relies on a number of variables — most notably, tax revenue. Now, they're back in the state capital again to shore up an estimated $1.2 billion budget gap caused by the pandemic.


Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Real Estate

Treasurer reveals details of $50 million rent payment assistance program for residential, commercial tenants

July 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada Treasurer Zach Conine revealed details about the new program he’s helping lead in an interview Monday with The Nevada Independent. The relief fund comes as Nevada eases out of a complete moratorium on evictions enacted in late March after non-essential businesses were ordered to close, and as evictions for non-payment of residential rent are expected to resume by September.




Health Care

Virtual summit participants hope to spur action in response to social isolation among older Americans

July 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
Older Americans have long been more prone to social isolation, and with stay at home orders closing senior centers and making it dangerous for older adults to leave the house even for groceries, feelings of profound loneliness are even more common for this demographic — feelings that can be more damaging for a person’s health than smoking.


Economy & Business | Legislature

Lawmakers vet mining revenue, road work funds and overdue taxes in quest to fill major budget gap

July 11th, 2020 - 8:12pm
The discussion came up as the Senate contemplated SB3, a bill that features several techniques Nevada has used in years past to shore up budget holes. That includes shifting money from the highway fund to the general fund, implementing an “amnesty program” so people can pay delinquent taxes without penalties, and requiring mining to pay two years’ worth of payments at once to boost the budget by an estimated $54 million.



Economy & Business | State Government

Pace of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments drops even as initial claims for program continue to surge

July 10th, 2020 - 6:46pm
Officials at the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said at a weekly videoconference press briefing on Friday that 105,207 PUA claimants had started receiving payment, up about 900 from last week’s update. Meanwhile, about 35,000 more PUA claims were filed in the last week, for a total of 307,749 claims filed since the federally funded program — geared toward independent contractors and the self-employed — launched less than two months ago.


Coronavirus | Education | Legislature

Lawmakers weigh eligibility changes for popular college scholarship programs; questions loom over future funding

July 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
NSHE deputy chancellor Crystal Abba told lawmakers via video conference that the system expected the bill to benefit about 12 percent of scholarship recipients from the spring 2020 semester whose grade point average fell below normal GPA requirements. While NSHE has not done a complete look at individual cases, Abba said the higher education system did not want to punish students who faced massive social and financial disruption during the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Coronavirus | Legislature

COVID-19 reaches the Legislature as first person inside the building tests positive for the virus

July 10th, 2020 - 2:27pm
Further details about the situation were not immediately available, including whether the individual is a lawmaker, legislative staff member or member of the press. The legislative building has been closed to members of the public, including lobbyists, for the duration of the special session because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Coronavirus | Legislature | State Government

Tax questions loom as lawmakers, Sisolak continue staring down massive budget cuts

July 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
Sisolak answered their statements later at a press conference, signaling that he would leave the tax discussion up to the Legislature and that the ball was in the court of Republicans, who can block any tax increase vote with the one-vote advantage they have in the Senate. He said he was disappointed that no state Senate Republicans had approached him about potential ways to increase revenue to lessen the cuts.

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