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"Housing is the top priority."
- Bruce Breslow, Founder, CEO, Nevada Strategies, says as Fernley expands and as development moves east, there are no places to live. He adds that a quarter of the people who work at Naval Air Station Fallon have to commute from a different county. - Friday, July 1, 2022.
"Every gas station is basically making an in-kind contribution to Republican candidates by advertising the price of gas."
- Victor Joecks, Opinion Writer, LVRJ, says the economy will be the top issue in the election. He says the prices at the pump are easy to pin on the Democrats when they disincentivized capital investments in oil and gas. - Thursday, June 30, 2022.
"Consumers are expecting the worst, and they’re starting to behave like they’re expecting the worst."
- Bryan Wachter, Senior VP, Government and Public Affairs, Retail Association of Nevada, says while we do have an instance where savings rates are a little higher, it doesn’t seem to be giving consumers much comfort. - Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
"There are plenty of folks in Pershing County who enjoy Burning Man and the creativity we bring."
- Marnee Benson, Director of Government Affairs, Burning Man, says one of the programs she runs is external relations where they bring Pershing County seniors to tour Black Rock City every year. She comments that it’s a game changer when a 95-year-old grandmother says she’s having the most fun evening of her life at the event. - Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
"Most caregivers don’t realize that there is help available."
- Ali Caliendo, Executive Director, Foster Kinship of Nevada, explains that relatives make up about 40% of caregivers for children in foster care. She says that as much as the organization is able to provide assistance, there are, unfortunately, systemic gaps for caregivers where they’d like to see more help become available. - Friday, June 24, 2022.
"It really remains to be seen what the full effects of the rising mortgage rates are going to be."
- Eli Segall, Real Estate Reporter, LVRJ, says that sale prices for homes in Southern Nevada are still hitting record highs and are selling fast, even as interest rates have gone up. However, he also notes he has heard anecdotally that possibly in Vegas and definitely across the country more sellers are slashing prices. - Thursday, June 23, 2022.
"We are a good barometer of what’s going on in the economy."
- Michael Mack, Owner, World Famous Max Pawn, explains his business’s unique perspective on people’s financial status. He says they have two businesses — resale and lending — that fluctuate depending on the economy. - Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
"The taxpayers are the losers."
- Victoria Seaman, Las Vegas City Councilwoman, Ward 2, says nobody wins when the Badlands golf course lawsuit carries on for years. She says that she doesn’t want to roll the dice, and thinks council members need to come together in order to settle. - Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
"It’s really going to be the pinnacle of what we do and what we are."
- Tick Segerblom, Clark County Commissioner, District E, says on the Formula 1 race coming to The Strip. He adds that the event will go beyond the Super Bowl, with viewers in Vegas and around the world. - Friday, June 17, 2022.
"That would be a good evaluation of where we’re at."
- Howard Stutz, Gaming Reporter, Nevada Independent, says, if possible, he would like to see casino numbers reported on a monthly basis. He explains there won’t be another abstract until January 2023, which will only have half of the calendar year in terms of non-gaming spend. - Thursday, June 16, 2022.
"There’s a demand here in the U.S., and people are going to find a way to fill it."
- Assemblyman Tom Roberts (R) District 13 says fentanyl is a very large issue in both the Las Vegas community and overall in the U.S. He says there’s a need to educate the public on the dangers of this drug. - Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
"China is just not a place to go right now."
- Don Ahern, President and CEO, Ahern Equipment Rentals, explains why companies are pivoting away from the country. He says that even with great prices and the Trump tariff, there are enormous dumping fees and high rates on freight. - Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
"It’s absurd to believe that you and I — citizens — are going to vote for a guy or a girl because they’re on TV shooting at something."
- George Harris, Publisher, Liberty Watch, comments about a Facebook post he made calling out politicians for continuing to run gun-related ads after the deadly shooting at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. He says that it’s horrible messaging and that politicians should have more respect. - Friday, June 10, 2022.
"There’s no end to it that I see yet for how far this is going to go."
- Former State Senator Patricia Farley comments on the rising costs of gas, groceries and materials and the effects inflation has on the construction industry and her employees. - Thursday, June 9, 2022.
"What we’re doing right now is not working. It’s chaos."
- Peter Guzman, President, Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, says on immigration policies in the U.S. He says it’s to the point where it’s causing more division, hatred and racism, adding that we need to make sure our elected officials know we are tired of it. - Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
"People will be able to see a new landmark in Las Vegas."
- Rick Velotta, Tourism and Gaming Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal, explains the MSG Sphere, a multi-sensory entertainment arena coming to the city’s skyline at the end of 2023. The venue will seat over 17,000 people and has screens wrapped all the way around, both on the interior and exterior. - Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
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