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It’s not a worker shortage, it’s a worker renaissance in a post-pandemic economy

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This opinion piece was originally published by The Nevada Independent. Headlines continue to call attention to a shortage of workers in the leisure and hospitality sector here and around the country. Workers are supposedly staying at home and avoiding work given federal unemployment insurance benefits — or so the story goes. But the commentaries fail to fully acknowledge that the… Read more

Nevada’s May 2021 Economic Forum

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What Is the Economic Forum? The Economic Forum is a state-mandated panel that convenes periodically to submit revenue projections for the General Fund—Nevada’s major operating fund—to the Governor and the Legislature. It is a five-member committee drawn from the private sector, with three members selected by the Governor and one nominated by each the Assembly… Read more

African Americans in Nevada enjoy political success, but still struggle economically

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This piece was originally published in The Nevada Independent. As we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his quest for racial equality, we observe that African Americans in Nevada have made tremendous political gains. However, they continue to struggle economically, revealing the damaging and stubborn effects of historical discriminatory policies, which limited… Read more

The Nevada for which I am grateful

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This piece was originally published in The Nevada Independent.  As the director of a policy center, I spend much of my time identifying gaps, analyzing problems, and drawing attention to Nevada’s policy challenges — with the singular focus of improving our state. Not surprisingly, this work can often lead to frustration and disappointment. The coronavirus… Read more

Nevada’s economic recovery requires a rural development strategy

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This piece was originally published by The Nevada Independent.  Nevada is facing an unprecedented economic challenge brought about by the global pandemic. Our recovery as a state must be ambitious and include a strategy that encompasses all of Nevada—urban and rural.  Recent events have highlighted our need for a comprehensive rural development strategy. Last month,… Read more

Nevada’s October 2020 Economic Forum

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by Meredith Levine Nevada’s Economic Forum: Background The Economic Forum is a state-mandated panel that convenes periodically to submit revenue projections for the General Fund—Nevada’s major operating fund—to the Governor and the Legislature. It is a five-member committee drawn from the private sector, with three members selected by the Governor and one nominated by each… Read more

Nevada’s communities of color are most at risk during pandemic

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This piece was originally published in the Las Vegas Sun.  Gov. Steve Sisolak extended by 45 days the statewide residential eviction moratorium. A day later, President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an eviction moratorium through the end of the year. Locally, this was the right call by Sisolak, given… Read more

Improving Educational Attainment in the Silver State: A Look at the Silver State Opportunity Grant

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by Aubrie L. Bates Since the Great Recession, the Silver State has been undergoing a great economic transformation to make Nevada’s economy more resilient. Indeed, Nevada’s business-friendly tax structure and economic growth have attracted many global businesses, such as Tesla, Switch, Google, and Amazon, which are helping diversify our economy. However, this transformation toward a… Read more

Statewide Safe Schools Reopening Survey

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by Kenny Retzl, Ph.D., Don Soifer, and Jeanine Collins Nevada school districts, like districts across the nation, are creating school reopening plans for the fall. However, these plans make two (often unrecognized) assumptions. The first assumption is that teachers and school-based staff will be comfortable returning to the schools given the current COVID-19 public health… Read more

Statewide Safe Schools Reopening Survey: Clark County School District

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by Kenny Retzl, Ph.D., Don Soifer, and Jeanine Collins The Clark County School District, like districts across the nation, is creating a school reopening plan for the fall. However, these plans make two (often unrecognized) assumptions. The first assumption is that teachers and school-based staff will be comfortable returning to the schools given the current… Read more