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Experts predict continued recovery in Nevada

RGJ.com
By The Associated Press
May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY – Analysts predict continued recovery and good times ahead for Nevada’s economy.

The mostly sunny outlook came Friday during the twice-yearly meeting of the Economic Forum, which projects the state’s revenue and helps lawmakers set a budget for the next two years.

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Things to start popping at Legislature with revenue forecast

ReviewJournal.com
By Sandra Chereb
May 3, 2015

CARSON CITY — The beginning of the end game is about to ratchet up in the Nevada Legislature.

The Economic Forum has made its prediction of how much tax revenue the state can expect under existing law over the next two years. Legislative money committees are closing budgets.

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Nevada lawmakers given $6.3 billion revenue projection to work with

ReviewJournal.com
By Sandra Chereb
May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s Economic Forum on Friday projected $6.3 billion in general fund tax revenue for the upcoming two-year budget cycle, a forecast that changed little since the panel last met in December.

The forecast from the five-member forum of independent fiscal experts must be used by state lawmakers to balance the budget before the 2015 Legislature adjourns June 1.

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Nevada expected to bring in $6.2B in taxes in next two years

LasVegasSun.com
By John Fritz
May 1, 2015

A panel of fiscal experts determined the state will collect about $6.2 billion in taxes in the next two fiscal years — a baseline figure lawmakers will use to finish the biennium budgeting process.

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Nevada Lawmakers Approve CARE Act

PublicNewsService.org
By Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV
May 1, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada lawmakers are saying yes to legislation that supporters say will dramatically improve the ability of caregivers to help those in their care.

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Nevada Supreme Court chief justice wants statewide review of guardianship

ReviewJournal.com
By Colton Lochhead
May 1, 2015

Nevada’s top judge wants to dig into problems plaguing the guardianship system far beyond the Las Vegas Valley.

The Clark County Commission recommended April 21 that a local blue ribbon panel examine issues that have left some of its most vulnerable constituents destitute. But Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty said the issue is affecting more than just the state’s most populous county.

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Eldorado fuels graduation rate gains with what students want, need

ReviewJournal.com
By Chris Kudialis
May 2, 2015

When John Anzalone walked into Eldorado High School as the new principal in 2012, the graduation rate that met him at the door was just 45 percent.

The 38-year-old administrator told himself there was nowhere to go but up.

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Big price tag on Clark County School District breakup study

LasVegasSun.com
By Riley Snyder, Associated Press
April 27, 2015

CARSON CITY — Lawmakers are considering shelling out close to $1 million on a study that could help break up the Clark County School District.

Assembly members reviewed the financial details of AB394 on Monday in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.

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Las Vegas police to gain 101 jobs, reopen stations to public

ReviewJournal.com
By Colton Lochhead
April 27, 2015

Las Vegas police could see a $28 million operating budget increase for the next fiscal year, a move that would restore a total of 55 officer positions previously lost to attrition.

In addition to more officers, the increased funding would provide 46 civilian positions for the department, allowing it to reopen front desks at four area command stations that had been closed to the public due to budget constraints.

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Lake Mead water levels, records continue to fall

ReviewJournal.com
Henry Brean
April 27, 2015

The new record low arrived at Lake Mead a little earlier than first thought — and it happened during a rainstorm.

The reservoir east of Las Vegas briefly dropped to a new low water mark between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, when pelting rain couldn’t stop the surface of the lake from falling to 1,080.18 feet above sea level for the first time since it was first being filled in May 1937.

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Students honored for spreading awareness about teen driving fatalities

LasVegasSun.com
By Ian Whitaker
April 27, 2015

Nevada schools and students that participated in a state driving safety program took home nearly $14,000 for their efforts earlier this month.

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All Nevada high school juniors must take ACT Tuesday

RGJ.com
By Trevon Milliard, RGJ
April 27, 2015

A record-setting 33,300 Nevada high school juniors will take the ACT on Tuesday.

That’s four times the number of Nevada students who took the college entrance exam last year.

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Nevada Guard hires 1st female brigade commander

RGJ.com
By Associated Press
April 27, 2015

The Nevada Guard has hired its first female brigade commander.

Col. Joanne Farris has assumed command of the 991st Multi-Functional Brigade, overseeing more than 700 soldiers and all of the Nevada Army Guard’s aviation assets.

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Statement on Senate Bill 252 by Senator Aaron Ford

April 21, 2015

"Nevada's families deserve a public education system that will allow our children to meet their full potential, and today's vote on SB 252 is an important step in that direction. We are one step closer to having a sustainable source of revenue that will properly fund our schools and other essential services," said Senate Minority Leader Aaron D. Ford. "On behalf of the Senate Democrats, I would like to thank all of my colleagues and Governor Sandoval for their contributions towards the debate on how to best fund our education system. We look forward to the discussions that will take place over the next 6 weeks on the budget and how to fund these priorities."

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RELEASE: SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES WOODHOUSE BILL TO ASSIST SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2015

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES WOODHOUSE BILL TO ASSIST SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA

CARSON CITY - In a late night session yesterday, the Nevada Senate unanimously passed Sen. Joyce Woodhouse’s Senate Bill 268, which requires the Department of Veterans Services to create programs for military sexual assault survivors.

The bill was originally presented by Sen. Woodhouse and Sen. Pat Spearman to the Commerce, Labor, and Energy Committee on March 25th. The hearing included supporting testimony from veterans groups, domestic and sexual violence advocates, and military sexual assault survivors.

“Military sexual violence is an epidemic that affects thousands of service members, veterans, and their families every year,” said Sen. Woodhouse. “Creating these programs will put Nevada on the frontlines in working to address this issue and to help survivors heal.”

The bill creates in the State General Fund the Account to Assist Veterans Who Have Suffered Sexual Trauma to be administered by the Director of the Department of Veterans Services. The bill also authorizes the Department to apply for grants and accept gifts, grants, donations and any other source of money to fund additional programs. All money in the account will be required to be used for programs assisting veterans who have suffered sexual trauma while on active duty or during military training.

The bill is one of several pieces of legislation offered by Senate Democrats to assist military members and veterans, including a bill awaiting a final floor vote that would expand access to child care for military families.

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