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State budgeting $6 million to treat life-threatening hepatitis C after inmates sue, say they were denied care

January 26th, 2021 - 2:00am
The proposed expenditure comes after inmates lodged a class-action federal lawsuit against the Nevada Department of Corrections, arguing that they were being denied treatment. The state struck a settlement over the summer, agreeing to treat all the affected inmates by October 2023.

About a quarter of prison employees vaccinated against COVID-19 as virus takes heavy toll behind bars

January 25th, 2021 - 2:00am
The rate of cases and deaths among inmates is more than triple that in the general population in Nevada, according to a tracker of prison COVID cases maintained by The Marshall Project.


Welfare division requests more staff to help with ‘overwhelming’ number of applications for public assistance

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January 22nd, 2021 - 2:16pm
Increased caseloads prompted the state's division of welfare to petition for an additional 226 staffing positions to the field services section in the upcoming biennium. The new additions are projected to cost about $25 million over the biennium, according to the governor’s proposed budget.

Price tag for state collective bargaining agreements likely to come after session starts

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January 21st, 2021 - 10:00am
During a Wednesday meeting of the legislative budget subcommittee, state Department of Administration Director Laura Freed said the agency was still in the process of negotiating with the seven bargaining units (represented by four employee unions) who had organized to collectively bargain with their employer — the state.

The Indy Explains: How the governor’s proposed budget compares to the one he put forward two years ago

January 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a two-year budget this week that restores significant cuts lawmakers made to the state’s budget over the summer as tax revenues plummeted and the state struggled to stay financially afloat amid the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Full transcript, annotations of Sisolak’s 2021 State of the State address

January 20th, 2021 - 2:00am
Gov. Steve Sisolak laid out a modest proposal ahead of the upcoming legislative session during his biennial State of the State address Tuesday evening as the state continues to deal with the consequences of economic upheaval and continued uncertainty in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Sisolak sets vision of a future Nevada economy in State of State address amid economic, health crisis

January 19th, 2021 - 6:34pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak told Nevadans experiencing some of their darkest hours of economic and public health devastation that he has a plan to create more than 165,000 jobs over the next decade, launch new initiatives to retrain displaced workers and build out an economy based on clean energy, blockchain and other futuristic technologies.

Teachers' union eyes job growth opportunities ahead of legislative session

January 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
As Nevada gears up for the 2021 legislative session, the Clark County Education Association has set its sights on economic diversification as an avenue toward improving schools and, in turn, the workforce.

Sisolak proposes $8.68 billion budget restoring cuts to Medicaid, other state programs

Governor Steve Sisolak during a press conference
January 18th, 2021 - 7:00pm
The proposal, which was released Monday evening and comes a day before the governor’s biennial State of the State address, sets the state budget at about $8.68 billion over the next two years, or about $500 million less than what was allocated during the last two-year budget cycle. The state’s tourism-dependent economy remains battered by the COVID-19 pandemic but economists are hopeful that a vaccine will usher in recovery.

Legislative staff says threats of unrest at state capitals being taken ‘very seriously,’ preparations underway

January 13th, 2021 - 2:32pm
The FBI issued a bulletin to law enforcement warning of armed protests being planned in all 50 state capitals and threats of an uprising if President Donald Trump is removed from office.

Nevada to prioritize elderly, essential workforce concurrently under new COVID vaccination rollout plan

Sisolak speaks during press conference
January 11th, 2021 - 5:31pm
Nevada is moving to a new COVID-19 vaccination strategy that will allow the state to distribute doses to essential workers and priority segments of the population in tandem.

Report: Nevada traffic safety laws among worst in country after car crash fatalities rise in 2020

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January 11th, 2021 - 3:17pm
The number of car crash fatalities in Nevada increased 3.3 percent from 2019 to 2020, despite less traffic and large decreases in the number of deaths in March and May, according to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

DETR: Unemployment claimants may start seeing $300-per-week bump as early as this week

January 7th, 2021 - 9:39am
The agency is still waiting for final rules from the Department of Labor, and said the full slate of anticipated changes are expected to be implemented within four weeks.

Tax amnesty program waives penalties to encourage taxpayers to submit overdue money

January 7th, 2021 - 2:00am
The Nevada Department of Taxation this week announced the details for the program, which will run from Feb. 1 to May 1. Businesses or individuals may pay the overdue tax online or by mail. Penalties and interest will be waived when owed tax is paid in full within the three-month timeframe.

State, providers at odds over millions in HIV medication rebates

January 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
The state and providers are fighting for control over the same pot of money. In providers' hands, funds go directly to localized services for patients. But in the state's hands, funds must go through layers of red tape before reaching providers, which must then use funds in a limited capacity defined by the state.

Sisolak modifying State of the State speech tradition with pre-recording, early release of budget

Governor Steve Sisolak during a press conference
January 5th, 2021 - 4:45pm
State law requires the governor to submit a copy of his proposed budget to the Legislature no later than 14 calendar days before the start of the 120-day legislative session, which will begin on Feb. 1.

Judge: DETR no longer in contempt of court over unemployment payment stoppages

December 31st, 2020 - 12:02pm
The state reported it has restarted 5,758 claims, believes 1,122 are fraudulent and says 3,037 were already being paid — often through a different benefits program — and didn’t need to be restarted.

Secretary of state: No voter info sent to Pakistani government; state election system has not been hacked

December 29th, 2020 - 5:01pm
In an election-themed “Facts vs. Myths” document updated on Tuesday, the secretary of state’s office pushed back on claims from the Texas-based organization True the Vote that the office had responded to a request for the state’s publicly available voter list in an email that carbon copied the CEO of a Pakistani-owned intelligence company. True the Vote is a conservative nonprofit group focused on identifying voter fraud.

DETR: Claimants likely to see gap in unemployment benefits as state implements stimulus bill

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December 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
Barbara Buckley said Congress’ procrastination has not allowed enough time for state officials all across the country to understand the bill, reprogram computer systems and continue payments uninterrupted. That could have “really, really devastating” effects for claimants who have already burned through their savings.

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