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"I think one of the biggest problems is it’s hard to understand what it’s all about."
- Helen Foley, President, Foley Public Affairs is asking the same questions as Legislators. What is Bitcoin? What is a blockchain? What is this new type of technology? And how will it work? Former State Senator Foley says it’s all very vague at this point. - Friday, April 9, 2021.
"I think Legislators are going to be more and more confused and a little frustrated at that process."
- Bryan Wachter, Senior VP, Government and Public Affairs, Retail Association of Nevada discussing the lack of a bill to bring Blockchains LLC’s Smart City to the table and his contention that something this complicated should have been available for Legislators on day one of the session. - Thursday, April 8, 2021.
"He is not in the building. And I think a lot of times, he's not even up here in Carson."
- State Senator Pete Goicoechea(R) District #19 referring to Governor Sisolak. Sisolak’s communications director denies the allegations and says the Governor is just following the LCB’s rules on closure of the legislative building to the public and that he is in Carson City most of the time. - Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
"I got a campaign donation from them but I told them, 'I'll take your campaign donation but I am not supporting the stadium."
- Assemblywoman Robin Titus (R) District #38 comparing the donations to Legislators for Allegiant Stadium to the donations to Governor Sisolak, Treasurer Conine and their PAC’s as well as donations to many Legislators, on behalf of Blockchains LLC’s Smart City concept. - Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
"This new plan I have some serious reservations about."
- Rex Steninger, Elko County Commissioner, District #5, While happy to encourage new ideas and economic development in Nevada joins Storey County in not understanding why Blockchains LLC needs to create their own county to develop their Smart City when Storey County has been so accommodating to growth including the Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory. - Friday, April 2, 2021.
"Allegiant stadium could be packed for an entire week or a weekend."
- State Senator Ben Kieckhefer, (R) District 16 describing the drawing power of ESports says if you look at the League of Legends championships or Call of Duty league championships, they could fill Allegiant stadium (65,000 capacity) and all the surrounding convention space as well. - Thursday, April 1, 2021.
"These kind of things will continue to shape humanity."
- President Vince Solis Western Nevada College says we have to embrace a digital city and the big picture thinking that goes along with it plus the technology it embodies because if we don’t someone else will. - Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
"We are short overall funding for education by a couple of billion dollars."
- State Senator Mo Denis, (D) District 2 says that number comes from a Legislative commission that meets during the interim and is based on what they say is an optimal amount for student funding. - Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
"Over the last year because of the pandemic we’ve seen about 18 billion dollars come into the state in one form or another."
- State Senator Scott Hammond (R) District 18 says that money was part of the Cares Act, unemployment assistance, aid to cities and schools among other areas of funding. He says we are expecting an additional 3 billion dollars to come to Nevada. - Friday, March 26, 2021.
"I sometimes forget people are talking about me when they talk about the Establishment."
- State Senator Melanie Scheible (D) District 9 says that because she and many of her colleagues are young and diverse and still learning on the job that its hard to see herself as part of the Establishment group of politicians in the state. She includes Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom as not being part of the Establishment. - Thursday, March 25, 2021.
"It’s a little different from what we’re accustomed to, so we look forward to the hearings and see what it’s all about."
- Assemblyman Tom Roberts (R) District 13 who has concerns about the potential Innovation Zone splitting off a piece of Storey County to become its own county government. At the same time, he is all in favor of diversification of the economy. - Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
"And all we need to do is build a few transmission lines."
- State Senator Chris Brooks (D) District 3 describing his ambitious plan to make Nevada the center of the energy world for the whole western United State - Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
"This has been a devasting year for so many kids as seen by the increasing rates of anxiety, depression and even just the tragic news about suicides."
- Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (R), District 25 says she was surprised that some of her Clark County colleagues hadn’t realized that the rest of the state had opened up schools to an extent already, and CCSD hadn’t opened up at all. - Friday, March 19, 2021.
"This is something I am passionate about and believe we need to get done.""
- State Senator Dallas Harris (D) District 11 describing her desire to get the “Death with Dignity” bill passed this session. It would allow people to make their own end of life decisions. - Thursday, March 18, 2021.
"They have declared it rat poison squared."
- Jim Hartman, Attorney paraphrasing Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger’s description of cryptocurrency. Mr. Hartman’s comment was made in regard to the Innovation Zones promoted by Governor Sisolak and the intent to build a Smart City based on the Ethereum version of Blockchain technology in Storey County. - Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
"It would be a very long process, likely with a lot of litigation involved."
- Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network discussing the proposed 100 mile pipeline to get Blockchains LLC’s water from Gerlach to Storey County for their Smart City project. - Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
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