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"There’s probably three to four times as much money coming in from the Federal Government."
- State Senator Heidi Gansert (R), District 15 says Nevada’s budget is not in as nearly bad shape as has been suggested. Whatever budget cuts to education are anticipated will be more than offset by the coming federal funding. - Friday, March 5, 2021.
"I've invited all manners of feedback on how we can accomplish this in a way that is fair and makes sense, protects public safety and generates revenue."
- Steve Yeager, Chairman, Assembly Judiciary Committee discussing the real possibility of marijuana lounges in Nevada so tourists can have a place to smoke their legally purchased marijuana. - Thursday, March 4, 2021.
"Fundamentally, this would allow Lyon County and Washoe County to say no to the concept of an innovation zone next to it."
- State Senator James Settlemeyer, District 17 referring to AB 90 proposed by Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson. He likened it to reverse economic development. - Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
"If there is a contention that a particular law-enforcement agency stops and frisks black citizens or brown citizens more than they do their counterparts, then that could be a pattern or practice that needs to be addressed and remedied,"
- Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford discussing his proposal to severely limit the use of "no knock" arrest warrants. - Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
"Disney became an independent state. Like the United States of Disney."
- Robert Lang, Director, The Lincy Institute, Director, Brookings Mountain West describing the deal that Disney had for Disneyworld, with Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida. This was arranged because Disney was unhappy with what happened to the area surrounding Disneyland in Anaheim, California where a lot of second-rate properties attached themselves to the 1st class property of Disneyland. They didn’t want that to happen in Florida. This scenario could be applied to the Innovation Zones proposed by Governor Sisolak. - Friday, February 26, 2021.
"There’s interest. There’s skepticism. Let’s see how this looks as we get some meat on the bones."
- Jesse Wadhams, Partner, Black and Wadhams, Attorneys at Law says the Governors’ thinking on the Innovation Zones, as it pertains to the rural counties and Blockchains LLC, is too conceptual, at this point, to wrap your arms around. - Thursday, February 25, 2021.
"I suggested the LVCVA could have done Vegas a favor when they took down the Riviera, tossed a couple of sticks of dynamite over the wall and take down the Drew."
- Howard Stutz, Executive Editor, CDC Gaming Reports is very skeptical that the new ownership of the Drew, formerly The Fontainebleau, can restart this long-stalled project, on the Strip. - Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
"Get em playing sports, get em back in school. That’s what I want to see."
- Lindsay Knox, Policy Director, McDonald Carano Wilson echoing parents across Nevada, regarding students of all ages. - Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
"Those are great goals and aspirations to have."
- Mike Draper, Argentum Partners discussing the proposed legislation from Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen regarding Natural Gas. He says he’s not sure the market is ready for the policy this potential legislation will mandate. Costs to companies and consumers would be huge. - Friday, February 19, 2021.
"Our community has created an unbelievable lifestyle in Northern Nevada, after a lot of hard work."
- Dan Morgan, Executive Director, Builders Association of Northern Nevada pointing out that elected officials and businesses have worked hard to diversify the economy over the past 30 years and the pandemic has made the outdoors attractions an even larger draw to the area. - Thursday, February 18, 2021.
"It’s going to be multi trillions in the next 10 years."
- Doug Cole, Chairman, CEO, American Battery Technology Company quoting the CEO of Blackstone describing the financial size of the lithium battery business, in the foreseeable future. It’s already a business in the hundreds of billions of dollars. - Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
"The legislation will eliminate customer choice, reduce energy reliability, increase green-house gas emissions, increase customers' bills and eliminate good paying jobs."
- Scott Leedom, Director of Public Affairs, Southwest Gas referring to the proposed legislation from Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen that would essentially shutdown companies like Southwest Gas over the near term. In addition, home builders and restaurant owners are up in arms over this issue. - Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
"Over 25%, over 1 in 4 Nevadans, are currently reporting feeling hopeless."
- Dr. Tiffany Tyler Garner, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Alliance adds that many Nevadans are suffering from housing insecurity, food insecurity and mental health issues and need help from the State Legislature. - Friday, February 12, 2021.
"The Legislature."
- Chris Hicks, Washoe County District Attorney was asked is there anything that’s keeping you up at night, right now. His answer is above. - Thursday, February 11, 2021.
"My initial thought was that it was crazy."
- Susan Fisher, Senior VP, McDonald Carano, Government Affairs referencing the above-mentioned Innovation Zones. Ms. Fisher doesn’t like the idea of company towns and company government. - Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
"There’s really only one place in Nevada where this could happen and that’s Storey County."
- Joe Guild Attorney, Black and Wadhams wonders what the Storey County Commissioners and the Storey County Sheriff think of the proposed Innovation Zones that could eventually take over a chunk of their county. The proposal has been met with a lot of skepticism because it mainly aids Blockchains LLC’s future smart city plans. - Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
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