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Silver State Strategies – Making Housing Affordable in Nevada

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by Tony S. Foresta The Nevada Legislative Committee to Study Issues Regarding Affordable Housing held its third meeting of the 2017-2018 Interim on May 15, 2018. The Committee was established to discuss existing challenges and potential solutions related to affordable housing in Nevada. The Committee “…is required to conduct a study….and submit a report of… Read more

The Cost of School Safety…. and the Opportunity Costs

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by Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. Earlier this month, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Executive Order 2018-5, which established the Statewide School Safety Task Force. The Task Force, comprised of superintendents, parents, students, behavioral health specialists, and others, will recommend a series of school safety initiatives for inclusion in Governor Sandoval’s final state budget that will… Read more

Strengthening Community Policing Through Data?

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by Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. Strengthening Community Policing Through Data? Last month, officers from the Sacramento Police Department shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed young adult African-American male in his grandmother’s backyard “during a vandalism investigation.” This incident marks another in a series of officer-involved shootings and incidents of police brutality in predominantly minority communities… Read more

What Is Nevada’s Current Capacity to Respond to Disasters?

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by Meredith A. Levine Readiness, preparedness, and coordination are the hallmarks of a comprehensive, proactive disaster plan that anticipates the unthinkable and can be executed with urgency. As first responders—including law enforcement agencies and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), amongst others—deployed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest… Read more

The U.S. Attorney General Revokes Previous Guidance on Federal Enforcement of State Marijuana Laws

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by Nancy E. Brune, Ph.D. On Thursday, January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he is revoking a directive, issued by the U.S. Department of Justice during President Obama’s administration, that provided guidance to federal authorities regarding the prioritization of resources used to enforce federal laws regarding the possession, distribution, and cultivation… Read more

Graham-Cassidy: “Repeal and Replace,” Revisited

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By Meredith A. Levine Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 have consumed a substantial portion of the legislative agenda of the 115th Congress (2017-2018). One recent proposal, Cassidy-Graham, which is co-sponsored by Nevada’s senior senator, Dean Heller, has garnered renewed interest in modifying the ACA this fall, after a… Read more

Nevada’s Health Care System: An Opportunity for Improvement

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Earlier this month, WalletHub released its ranking of Best and Worst States for Health Care. Nevada ranked #42 out of 51 states and the District of Columbia, and behind all Intermountain West states (see Table 1). States were assessed along three measures: cost, access, and outcomes. Nevada ranked #47 in cost, #50 in access, and… Read more

Financial Security in Nevada Lags Other States

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Last month, Prosperity Now (formerly Corporation for Enterprise Development or CFED) released its annual Prosperity Now scorecard, as discussed in the companion report, On Track or Left Behind. Nevada’s cumulative rank was #46, based on scores in 5 policy areas: (1) Financial Assets and Income (rank #43), (2) Businesses and Jobs (rank #45), (3) Homeownership and Housing (rank… Read more

State Lawmakers Work Across Party Lines to Pass Criminal Justice Reforms

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Congressional representatives in our nation’s capital continue to battle it out over health care and tax code reform, leaving some observers to call it the least productive session in recent memory following the election of a new government. In stark contrast, recent criminal justice reforms in half a dozen states – including Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada,… Read more

Outcomes for At-Risk Youth Focus of Legislation

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Nevada’s frequently bleak educational outcomes are often compounded when a student comes from an at-risk population. These populations can include students with disabilities, students from low-income families, students in the foster care system, and students who do not perform at grade level. Recognizing this problem, the Nevada Legislature has crafted a series of bills aimed… Read more