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Indy Explainers | Legislature

Indy Video: How is mining taxed in Nevada?

July 16th, 2020 - 1:23pm
Modern mining began in Nevada even before the Silver State joined the union, and it was the state’s dominant industry for decades. The framers even enshrined the industry’s favorable taxation structure in the Nevada Constitution in 1864, after an earlier attempt at passing a Constitution failed in part because mines would have been taxed the same as other businesses.

Government | Indy Explainers | Legislature

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.

Indy Explainers

The Indy Explains: Your First Amendment rights as a protester

July 1st, 2020 - 2:05am
Protesters can and should prepare for protests by understanding their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble beforehand, lawyers say. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) provides an outline of protester rights, and professional groups including the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association organized a webinar with four panelists in early June to clarify the details and complexity of protester rights.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Indy Explainers | State Government

The Indy Explains: What’s happening with Nevada unemployment insurance? Initial claims for regular and PUA unemployment benefits up in past week

April 15th, 2020 - 12:24pm
Updated June 25th, 2020 - 10:45am
To help keep track of the evolving situation, The Nevada Independent is compiling the latest updates on the unemployment insurance system in this explainer. Check back here for the latest on timelines for new benefits programs and initiatives meant to help ease the problems that claimants like Forman have experienced.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Indy Explainers

The Indy Explains: What unemployment insurance can — and can’t — do to ease coming wave of joblessness

March 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
On Saturday, state officials announced that the second week of March brought nearly three times the number of initial unemployment claims as the first week — the largest week-over-week jump in claims since current recordkeeping began in 1987. The nearly 6,400 claims in the week ending March 14 doesn’t yet capture the tumultuous past week, during which Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered “non-essential” businesses to close their doors.

Indy Explainers | State Government

The Indy Explains: New requirements that Nevadans adopt Real ID licenses

March 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Oct. 1 deadline is coming quickly for those who still need to get their Real ID — an upgraded driver’s license identified by a yellow or black star stamped in the upper right hand corner. The new identification card will be required for domestic travel via commercial aircraft and for entering any federal buildings or military bases.

Coronavirus | Health Care | Indy Explainers

The Indy Explains: Fact vs. myth on the coronavirus

Fears of a widespread outbreak have prompted some Nevada shoppers to stock up on cleaning products, canned food and bottled water, even before any coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the Silver State. But what’s really known about the virus? How does it compare to illnesses that have been around for years? And should Nevadans alter their daily routines in response The Nevada Independent explores the facts to put the illness in perspective.

Government | Indy Explainers | Legislature

The Indy Explains: How a bill becomes a law

March 14th, 2019 - 2:20am
There are more than 1,000 bills drafted every legislative session, but how many of them can survive the political process? From the idea phase to when a bill is signed into law, reporters Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels and Megan Messerly walk you through what happens inside the Legislature.

Indy Explainers | Marijuana

The Indy Explains: Can marijuana companies use banks?

March 3rd, 2019 - 2:15am
Members of an advisory panel tasked with designing a Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board heard last week about the barriers that have left the multibillion-dollar America marijuana industry largely bank-less and — in some cases — literally burying their cash in the ground, pirate-style.

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