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Sandoval to add 10% tax on retail marijuana to help pay for programs in $8.1B budget

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday outlined a final proposed two-year budget that has something for just about everyone, from $60 million for the controversial education savings accounts to $26 million in new money for UNLV’s fledgling medical school.
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VA holds town hall meeting to discuss veterans’ health care, benefits

Session at VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas on Wednesday is latest in series of public forums held by agency officials.

Sandoval makes $60M pledge to ESA program for ‘generations to come’

The Education Savings Account program got a $60 million commitment from Gov. Brian Sandoval, and more than 11,000 students could be covered under the program if all that money goes toward the vouchers.

Obama talks about Manning, Israel, media during final news conference

President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s prison term Wednesday, arguing in his final White House news conference that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a “tough prison sentence” already.

Naked Trump artist now selling bobbleheads of president-elect — VIDEO

Here’s how the naked Donald Trump statues made their way around the country and inspired a venture capitalist to dream bigger — or smaller — with bobbleheads.

Proposed budget signals $115M in new investment for Nevada higher education

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, in his Tuesday night State of the State address, referred to the $115 million in new investment for the Nevada System of Higher Education as “strategic.

Nevada lawmakers agree on education funding, not ESAs

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s final State of the State speech gave lawmakers plenty of places for common ground, from more education funding to a new veterans home in Northern Nevada. Nevertheless, battle lines are forming.

Obama plans more commutations before leaving office

Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s sentence.

Lawmaker wants to make community college free for Nevada students

Free community college might be on the horizon for Nevada students as Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, plans to submit a bill draft request patterned after the Tennessee Promise Program.

EDITORIAL: California bullet train way over budget and behind schedule

The Los Angeles Times reports that just the first leg of this massive government boondoggle — 118 miles from Merced to Shafter in the central part of the state — could come in $3.6 billion over budget while taking seven years longer to build than promised. None of this bodes well for those still touting the financial feasibility of a high-speed rail line from Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif., along the Interstate 15 corridor.

COMMENTARY: Sandoval finally gets his turn as Santa Claus

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s fourth and final State of the State address was decidedly happier than his previous speeches. Ho, ho, ho.

LETTER: Clark County has a spending problem, not a revenue problem

On the surface there can be some understanding of the need for more revenue to support county services as the area grows (“Clark County makes pitch for more stable formula,” Monday Review-Journal). With a little bit of analysis however it appears there is more of a spending problem than a revenue problem.

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