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"It’s a little slice of Americana 50 miles east of Reno/Sparks"
- Bruce Breslow, Founder, CEO, Nevada Strategies describes the Fallon, Churchill County area as 1500 homes upside down due in part to 1300 new jobs at NAS Fallon to support the F35 fighter jet. The homes are priced two hundred thousand dollars less than the Reno/Sparks area. - Friday, June 11, 2021.
"It was costing us, over the last couple of years, $15,000 dollars a year in excess taxes."
- Joe Dutra President and CEO, Kimmie Candy says some people have to stand up once in a while and say this is not fair, in regard to the lack of a 2/3rds decision at the Legislature that allowed taxes to be raised unconstitutionally. The case was won at the District Court level and allowed to stand by the Nevada Supreme Court. - Thursday, June 10, 2021.
"People now realize that cybercrime/issues about information security affects everyone."
- Ira Victor, Chief Forensic Analyst, says that the Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack was a watershed moment because it affected real people in a meaningful way. - Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
"We insist on peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits."
- Scott Lai, Director General, Taipei, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, SF speaking on behalf of his government in regard to the ongoing aggressive actions by the People’s Republic of China against Taiwan. The US almost got into a nuclear war with China over Taiwan in 1958 but that was stopped by President Eisenhower according to recently released documents, by Daniel Ellsberg. - Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
"Covid really magnified that, where we saw our homeless numbers double."
- Neoma Jardon, Reno City Councilwoman discussing how the “Nevada Cares Campus” a 45,000 sq ft new homeless shelter is really helping both the homeless community and the population at large, in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. - Friday, June 4, 2021.
"It ended up not being as bad as we thought."
- Bob Lucey, Chair, Washoe County Commission says the County went into the Legislative session playing defense. - Thursday, June 3, 2021.
"The games are very much in play. Holding bills hostage…"
- Mackenzie Warren, Attorney and Vice President, Government Affairs, McDonald Carano describing the behind the scenes bargaining over the mining tax increases that were passed before the end of the 2021 Legislative session. - Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
"The numbers that we are getting from this legislative session are not getting us where we need to be."
- Alexander Marks, NSEA Political Coordinator says that there’s technically no mining money yet as it will sit in another account for two years before being transferred to the education account and even then the money is far short of what the NSEA would like to see going to education. - Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
"600 million viewers projected 5 years from now."
- State Senator Ben Kieckhefer, (R) District #16 continuing to promote Esports in Nevada and moving oversight to the Gaming Control Board rather than setting up a body similar to the Nevada Athletic Commission. - Friday, May 28, 2021.
"I think we are going to see a lot of people who shouldn’t be in jail not going to jail anymore."
- State Senator Dallas Harris (D) District 11 describes the criminal justice reforms enacted in this session of the Legislature as both a social policy win and a fiscal policy win. - Thursday, May 27, 2021.
"I’ve not really thought about it, a lot… but of course it would be a great honor and I think that anyone that would have opportunity to do that would think it was really great."
- Roberta Lange, (D) State Senator District #7 upon being asked if the Majority Leader position opened up would she be interested in taking it. - Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
"So, you may ask, when you talk about consultants, so who are the Republicans going to use? It's like, well, I just hope that either someone has an epiphany about the need to change or you bring somebody else in."
- Congressman Mark Amodei CD 2 looking at the potential Republican opposition in the Governor’s race, if he chooses to jump in. - Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
"Our funding shortfall on an annual basis is roughly 530 million dollars."
- Kristina Swallow, Director, Nevada Department of Transportation says even with the federal funding that’s likely coming it’s not going to meet that need. - Friday, May 21, 2021.
"That’s one of our big issues here in Nevada, of course."
- Helen Foley, President, Foley Public Affairs wondering why the Democratic State Party Chair, Judith Whitmer, made a statement regarding the fighting between Israel and in support of the Palestinians, that caused an uproar in Nevada. - Thursday, May 20, 2021.
"At some point of time, we need to divide the staff and have a Republican and Democrat staff, at least from a legal standpoint,"
- State Senator Heidi Gansert (R), District 15 citing a Democratic bias, is calling for the Legislative Counsel Bureau to be split along party lines regarding legal matters. - Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
"I think we are living through history but once you're in the middle of it, it is hard to see. But we are all going to look back at this part of our lives as transformational, no question. There has been transformations that have happened in my life and all lives because of what we have learned through being isolated during a pandemic."
- State Senator Julia Ratti, District #13 says that the pandemic has accelerated change that will probably be with us for a long time. - Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
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