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Flood of rental assistance, eviction bans not enough to resolve some Nevada housing conundrums

May 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
In many cases, tenants approved for the program — including Catala — have found their landlords decline to accept the money, sometimes because of a condition that landlords must not immediately evict the tenant after receiving the funds.

Sisolak: Higher tax revenue and federal dollars will help ‘transform’ state, but many details remain unclear

May 5th, 2021 - 3:30pm
Sisolak delivered prepared remarks and spoke to reporters briefly on Wednesday, just a day after the state’s Economic Forum released new revenue forecasts estimating that taxes flowing into the state’s general fund will be about $910 million more than initial forecasts in December — including a $586 million upward revision for the upcoming two-year budget.

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State environmental agency defends decision to reduce the scope of tainted mine-water in cleanup report

The Anaconda Copper Mine
May 5th, 2021 - 3:01pm
The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is defending a groundwater report that reduced the extent of uranium and arsenic contamination linked to the former Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington, an agricultural town about 70 miles from Reno.

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Rental assistance program reports slower than expected disbursements

May 3rd, 2021 - 5:27pm
Clark County’s CARES Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) has helped another 1,500 households pay rent and other bills in the past month, although it is falling short of the pace program administrators had projected in late March.

Former DETR head opens up about the threats she received during hearing on anti-doxxing bill

April 29th, 2021 - 9:30am
It was the first time Korbulic — who left DETR in June — has spoken publicly about the personal toll of the threats she received.

Indy Q&A: What does DETR’s reinstated work search requirement mean for Nevada unemployment claimants?

April 28th, 2021 - 2:00am
“Just to be very clear, this is a requirement that people engage in work search activities. It's not that they have to take the first job that comes along,” Cafferata said.

Proposal from governor’s office would give lawmakers more say in where federal COVID aid goes

Nevada State Capitol
April 26th, 2021 - 4:09pm
“I believe the 63 people in this building should have an opportunity to have a conversation about what's important in our districts," said Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Maggie Carlton.

The state said it relied on the ‘best available science’ in a toxic mine report. Records show the science was negotiated with the company

April 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
When the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection released a revised report on polluted groundwater in May 2020, the agency’s administrator said in a press release that the report would “chart a path forward based on the best available science” for cleaning up a toxic mine. But a review of more than 2,000 pages of records shows the “best available science” was the product of negotiation between NDEP and a company.

Cegavske: No 'evidentiary support’ among NV GOP claims that 2020 election was plagued by widespread fraud

April 21st, 2021 - 5:59pm
“Our investigation revealed that these allegations and others are based largely upon an incomplete assessment of voter registration records and lack of information concerning the processes by which these records are compiled and maintained,” Deputy Secretary of State Mark Wlaschin wrote in a response letter.

The eviction moratorium was extended. What should landlords and tenants be doing?

April 16th, 2021 - 2:00am
So what could tenants and landlords experience during the three-month extension of the federal moratorium, which lifts June 30 (an additional layer of state protections were extended through May)? The Indy explains.

Lawmakers approve unemployment benefits for school support staff; DETR says claims backlog has improved

April 14th, 2021 - 2:15pm
“These families may still have lingering effects in finding work this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have in many cases drained that savings and investments, as a result of the economic downturn last summer,” said Jeffrey Frischmann, acting administrator of the Employment Security Division.

State task force sets sights on multimillion-dollar problem of employee misclassification

April 14th, 2021 - 2:00am
This year, members of Nevada’s new employee misclassification task force began meeting to address a problem that costs the state — and Nevada workers — millions of dollars each year. They have met four times this year, including a week ago.

Sisolak sets June as goal for 100 percent reopening as some counties prepare to get there on their own

April 13th, 2021 - 6:40pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak is lifting a statewide social distancing requirement on May 1 that he says will enable every county in Nevada to reopen to 100 percent by the beginning of June.

Newly mandatory for PUA unemployment benefits, high-tech ID verification system trips up claimants

April 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
While two new rounds of federal COVID relief funds in recent months have extended a program that was about to come to a hard stop, the government is now requiring applicants into the fraud-prone PUA program to establish their identity through a third-party vendor called

Mass freezing of unemployment benefits debit cards left claimants with few options

A sign that for the Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation
April 5th, 2021 - 2:00am
Bank of America froze more than 25,000 Nevada unemployment insurance debit cards from July through February while the state fielded an onslaught of unemployment claims — a move that officials say prevented payouts on fraudulent claims but also frustrated many legitimate claimants who were cut off from crucial payments for months at a time.

State occupational boards resist push for greater executive branch oversight

April 2nd, 2021 - 2:00am
A legislative attempt to establish a state Division of Occupational Licensing brought together practitioners of homeopathic and oriental medicine, athletic trainers and cosmetologists on Thursday — all of whom oppose greater executive branch oversight.

State leaders taking first steps to budget multibillion-dollar influx of federal COVID relief funds

April 1st, 2021 - 1:00pm
Though state leaders are still awaiting guidance and actual transfer of the state’s share of the $1.9 trillion federal COVID relief act, steps taken by the governor and Democratic legislative leaders on Thursday mark some of the first concrete indicators of how the state plans to spend its share of the federal dollars.

Sisolak's office answers questions about relationship with company that lobbied administration to push Innovation Zones legislation

April 1st, 2021 - 2:00am
After stonewalling, Gov. Steve Sisolak's office addresses questions about the governor's relationship with Blockchains LLC, which is proposing a massive project that is being cast as an important part of the state's post-pandemic economic strategy.

Sisolak extends state-level eviction moratorium for 2 more months; federal protections last for 3

March 30th, 2021 - 3:20pm
Sisolak announced the move in a virtual press conference on Tuesday. He framed it as a way to allow time for backlogged rental assistance programs to disburse federal funds allocated to help tenants rather than sending unused money back to Washington D.C.

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