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"No and I’ll tell you why."
- Brad Crowell, Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says that the Southern Nevada Water Authority plan to build a pipeline from North to South is truly dead because they have withdrawn the applications for the bulk of the water they would ultimately need to make this pipeline project work, beyond the water they already own in Northeast Nevada. - Friday, July 31, 2020.
"There are some improprieties there and I think that candidates, they do have to have some consequences for those who do it. "
- State Senator Scott Hammond(R) District 18 referring to The Nevada Republican Party filing a complaint against a political action committee (PAC) run by State Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro with the Nevada Secretary of State’s office demanding an investigation into a scheme to circumvent campaign finance laws. - Thursday, July 30, 2020.
"It’s placating to their very Progressive base and that’s what took so long."
- Mary Lau, President/CEO Retail Association of Nevada discussing the Democrats attempted increase in the mining tax during the 1st special session despite mining cooperating by agreeing to prepay their taxes to help the state through this economic downturn. - Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
"We try it once and it’s a great experience. We (are) see(ing) adoption rates go up significantly."
- Kamal Jemmoua, CEO, Prominence Health Plan describing how along with reimbursement rates for doctors being approved, the usage rate for telemedicine has been extraordinary during Covid 19. - Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
"I was stunned at the level of donations to certain candidates and their PACs. It was substantial. It was not a small amount of money, $250,000, to the PACs and the different funds, to support the majority party."
- State Senator Heidi Gansert (R) referring to the $250,000 in contributions made by the state workers union, AFSCME, shortly before the special session, to the majority Democrats. - Friday, July 24, 2020.
"Within a year we will be at the six trillion-dollar level."
- Ira Victor, discussing the prevalence and cost of cybercrime, in the US. - Thursday, July 23, 2020.
"We started that discussion and I anticipate in the 2021 session we will continue that discussion."
- Steve Yeager, Chairman, Assembly Judiciary Committee discussing the attempt by Democrats, in the recent special session, to cap deductions that Mining companies can claim. By the end of the special session those deduction caps went nowhere. - Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
"It is very bad tax policy when you start putting ongoing programs and operations onto a commodity based industry, for one. And two, when you put it on any single industry."
- Bryan Wachter, Senior VP, Government and Public Affairs, Retail Association of Nevada says in addition this is not something for a special session, rather it should be discussed with all the stakeholders and with as broad a coalition as possible. - Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
"It’s his call. It’s way above my pay grade."
- Roy Edgington, Mayor of Fernley responding to the question of whether the Governors’ same lockdown rules in Las Vegas should apply to small towns like Fernley. - Friday, July 17, 2020.
"The question is, as the small business owner, do you want to accept that loan."
- Tim Haughinberry, President, Nevada Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce looking at businesses that have accepted PPP loans and yet, failed and asks, do businesses on the edge want to accept more debt if the Feds offer more loans? - Thursday, July 16, 2020.
"I can’t see that that’s a fair charge but that’s just always one that comes out of the south."
- Jill Derby, Former Democratic State Party Chair decrying charges posted by Robert Lang, of Brooking West who claims that the UNR is not being punished financially, once again while UNLV is taking all the cuts during this budget crises. - Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
"Does it have to be in that specific habitat?"
- Dave Skinner, Reporter, Range Magazine asking the question because UNR is propagating Tiehm’s Buckwheat at UNR, in Reno, not at the location of the Ioneer Lithium Mine near Tonopah that the Center for Biological Diversity is trying to shut down. - Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
"Globally the trade show industry, conferences and trade shows, is 2.5 Trillion."
- Alice Heiman, Trade Show Makeover says that business to business conferences are one of the main ways business to business sales happen and they are getting hammered by all the conference shutdowns, in addition to the havoc being wreaked on the convention properties in Nevada. - Friday, July 10, 2020.
"We only see the tip of the iceberg. It’s one of the most underreported crimes out there."
- Kerry Nemovicher, Crytica Security says people don’t like to talk about cybercrime because it damages their businesses and their reputations. Anything that is smart is a target for cyber criminals. - Thursday, July 9, 2020.
"It’s probably not going to be the patron. It’s going to be us."
- Ferenc Szony - President, Truckee Gaming says that if customers don’t follow the Covid-19 rules at casinos, the casinos are the ones who are going to be fined by the Gaming Control Board, not the customers. - Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
"Nobody’s got the playbook for this one."
- Caleb Cage, Nevada COVID-19 Response Director on handling the criticism the Governor has received over the response to Covid-19. - Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
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