Minimum wage
Opportunity Village and fewer opportunities

Indulging in fantasy this November,
voters became destructive

By Doug French
Nevada Policy Research Institute

With majorities in the house and senate, Democrats are virtually certain to raise the minimum wage in early 2007.

They have been attempting the increase for years, but Republicans have stood in the way. No longer.

The head Republican, President George W. Bush, announced at a news conference: “I support the proposed $2.10 increase in minimum wage in a two-year period.”

The President went on to say that he wants to pair the increase with “targeted tax and regulatory relief to help small businesses stay competitive,” proving that he doesn’t understand who is really hurt most by a minimum wage boost.


Layoffs mount as kitchen closures begin

Smoking ban forces bars to choose

By Valerie Miller
LV Business Press

New Year 2007 isn't starting on such a happy note for bars and taverns forced to choose between smoking and selling food.

Many are opting to let their customers light up, shutting down their kitchens and laying off staff as the Southern Nevada Health District gets ready to enforce the Clean Indoor Air Act.


Public abuse
Big developers
get pinched

By Jacob Laskin
TCS Daily

When the Supreme Court handed down its verdict in Kelo v. City of New London in June of 2005, few imagined the development industry in the role of victim.

On the contrary, most opponents of the decision supposed, not unreasonably, that construction companies and building firms would be the likeliest beneficiaries of municipalities' disputed right to seize private property under the "public use" clause of the Fifth Amendment: Who else would be contracted to develop their dubiously gotten gains?


Dropouts flee
low-quality schools

Department of Education Reform
University of Arkansas

POOR QUALITY SCHOOLS are directly linked to higher student drop-out rates, according to a team of international researchers.

The study, based on data derived from Egypt and primarily focused on education in developing countries, also appears applicable to dropouts in developed countries, such as the U.S.

"Students perceive differences in school quality, measured as expected achievement improvements in a given school, and act on it," say researchers Eric A. Hanushek, Victor Lavy, and Kohtaro Hitomi.

"Specifically, holding constant the student's own ability and achievement, a student is much less likely to remain in school if attending a low quality school rather than a high quality school," concludes the study."

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Mesquite deal draws criticism, questions

No progress 14 months after land sale

By Matt Ward
LV Business Press

More than a year after the City of Mesquite agreed to sell 132 acres of city-owned land to a partnership between a Las Vegas casino operator and a commercial real estate developer, some city officials and business people say a foul odor still lingers around the deal.


Sierra, Sunrise take impasse in stride

By Cristina Rodriguez
InBusiness Las Vegas

The insurance contract between Sierra Health Services and Sunrise Health System hospitals expired at the end of December, but neither party to the expired contract seems desperate to renew the deal.


Tort reform
Declaring war
on lawsuit abuse

American Justice Partnership
fights for tort reform, state by state

Directorship Magazine

The American Justice Partnership was launched in January 2005 under the auspices of the National Association of Manufacturers to stop abuses of the legal system at the state level and to lobby for tort reform. Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, helped create the AJP, which is chaired by Steven B. Hantler, assistant general counsel at DaimlerChrysler.

What follows are the highlights of a conversation with Marcus and Hantler.


busts taxi cartel

Reform benefits consumers and entrepreneurs

By Nick Dranias
Budget & Tax News

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) has signed reforms to the city's taxi ordinance that remove the government-imposed cap on the number of taxis legally operating within city limits.

The new ordinance, signed October 12, will increase the number of taxicabs allowed on the streets of Minneapolis from 343 to 523 by 2010. At that point the cap will be removed entirely, opening the door to all taxi businesses willing and able to serve the public.


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January 9, 2007
Vol. 1, No. 1

Also in this issue:

Layoffs mount as
kitchen closures begin

Big developers get pinched

Dropouts flee
low-quality schools

Mesquite deal draws
criticism, questions

Sierra, Sunrise take
impasse in stride

Declaring war
on lawsuit abuse

Minneapolis busts
taxi cartel


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100 hrs down the drain

Goldilocks vs. a few bears

A market for citizenships

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Health fascism
Drop the Chalupa

By Jeffrey A. Singer
Goldwater Institute

When the City of New York banned the use of trans-fats in restaurants in December, many of the experts proclaiming the dangers of trans-fats were the same ones who urged us to embrace them as “heart-healthy” in the 1980s.



100 hrs down the drain

The fecklessness of the new majority party.

By Brian Doherty
Reason OnlineReview

The First Hundred Hours have begun. (Lest anyone wonder why they aren’t already over, new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meant congressional working hours, not real hours.) We’ve seen Pelosi show exactly how much her own wonderfulness needs to be celebrated—and her grandiose tendency to think of herself as Mangog-like living embodiment of all the glories and splendors of her entire gender. But what of the Democrat’s 100 Hours agenda, past celebrating Pelosi-hood? It's not worth the cannoli with which it was launched. The ethics reform stuff deserves at least a half-hearted cheer, if only because it’s nice to see bipartisanship work at its best: not in allowing government to act more swiftly, but in generating internal tensions that drive congressmen to act against their general interest as politicians in favor of their particular interests as party members.


Goldilocks vs. a few bears

The real question is why so many experts are so optimistic.

By Bill Fleckenstein
MSN Money

I'm sure many readers of this column assume that I enjoy being the bearer of bad news. Let me assure you, that is not the case. However, with Bubblevision and most major media outlets spewing nothing but happy endings, I feel it's important for folks to understand that all roads do not lead to nirvana.


A market for citizenships

By Dwight R. Lee
TCS Daily

Immigration has become an increasingly divisive issue and chronic homelessness and panhandling are our plaguing our cities. I have a modest policy proposal for addressing these problems that would increase immigration and improve the well-being of all Americans including the panhandlers.


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