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2020 Judicial Project

A close look at Clark County District Court and Supreme Court judicial race candidates

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | State Government

Nearly 17,000 more PUA claimants received first payments in past week, but initial claims rolling in at nearly double that pace

June 26th, 2020 - 4:46pm
There’s a gap of about 46,293 people who filed weekly claims that have not been paid. But Schmidt said Nevadans should not expect all of the claims to be paid; he said the number of applications filed appears to be outpacing the estimates of how many self-employed people there are in Nevada, which is thought to be anywhere from 85,000 to 200,000 people.

Coronavirus | IndyBlog | State Government

State employee union files unfair labor complaint, plans rallies to protest Sisolak budget cut plans

June 26th, 2020 - 11:29am
In a press release sent on Friday, representatives of AFSCME Local 4041 said they had filed the complaint with the state labor relations board, and planned to hold Saturday rallies at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City and in Las Vegas to protest non-involvement in dealing with the state’s COVID-19 related budget crisis.

Economy & Business | State Government

Lawsuit: DETR should pay unemployment claimants now, sort out later which program money should come from

June 22nd, 2020 - 2:46pm
The petition argues that the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation is misinterpreting Department of Labor guidance from April on who should be eligible for the PUA program and unnecessarily delaying payment for people desperate for money. It comes after DETR officials said many claimants are ineligible for PUA because they are eligible for standard benefits.

Environment | State Government

Sisolak proposes car emission standards, in line with California, as part of effort to combat climate change

June 22nd, 2020 - 1:20pm
In a news release, state officials and Sisolak said the regulations — called the “Clean Cars Nevada” initiative — would be further developed through a series of public workshops over the next year and that they were designed to avoid forcing anyone to “give up their current vehicle or choose one that does not work for their lifestyle or business needs.”

Community | State Government

Nevada domestic violence services expect to lose $2 million in funding because of drop in marriages

June 21st, 2020 - 2:00am
Strains from budget cuts, coupled with increased need and decreased capacity for domestic violence service, haven't been felt yet but will be soon when programs receive their one-time award for the next year on July 1. In response to the $2 million shortfall, the state is partnering with the coalition for the first time to do a fundraiser later this month to try to soften the blow of budget cuts.

Economy & Business | State Government

Top economic development official says recovery will be a ‘long and grinding affair’

June 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
Brown, the former head of Barrick Gold USA, said the COVID pandemic has forced GOED to reflect and find ways to adapt to the new economic reality. He reiterated that every state was facing major financial difficulties, and that those best positioned to succeed would need to do the nitty-gritty tasks of workforce development rather than look for a silver bullet to solve economic woes.

Economy & Business | State Government

State’s memo to lawmakers highlights thin staffing at agency managing flood of unemployment claims

June 16th, 2020 - 8:09pm
A report produced by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation and provided to members of the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee on Tuesday puts numbers on the bottleneck: there are 35 contract workers serving as adjudicators for the PUA program, and they had 1,685 eligibility issues to resolve as of last week. But there are more than 40,000 pending PUA issues to resolve that can only be addressed by a qualified DETR employee — and only eight such employees are working on that backlog.

Coronavirus | State Government

Sisolak: Nevada not ready to enter Phase 3 of reopening; special session coming this month

June 15th, 2020 - 6:39pm
The governor, speaking Monday at a press conference in Carson City, also said he will call state lawmakers to the state’s capital sometime this month to address a sizable state budget hole, and he declined to rule out asking for a tax increase to help fill the a budget gap estimated at close to $900 million just for the fiscal year that concludes at the end of June.

IndyBlog | State Government

More than 75 groups call on Sisolak to avoid reliance on sales tax, promote anti-racist policies while addressing budget shortfall

June 15th, 2020 - 1:41pm
The letter, sent Monday, is signed by nearly 70 organizations and individuals including several unions, the Nevada Homeless Alliance and the Children’s Advocacy Alliance. It argues that the pandemic has underscored how racism and bias are embedded in the country’s health, social and economic systems.

Environment | State Government

Environmentalists see regulatory, funding gaps amid Clean Water Act rollback

June 14th, 2020 - 2:00am
The rule has set off a flurry of legal challenges from environmental groups. And in recent months, several Democrat-led Western states, including Colorado, California and New Mexico, have sued the Trump administration to challenge the final rule. Nevada has not joined those suits, but state regulators say they are evaluating the new rule’s total effect.



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