Month: January 2013

Barrick’s 36.95% tax rate

Check out this blog from our Executive Director, Bob Fulkerson and join us in Carson City on February 14th at Nevada’s legislative building to call on our legislators to remove the mining industry’s special protections from our state’s constitution. Barrick’s 36.95% tax rate The government of the Dominican Republic has extracted a deal from the world’s largest gold producer, Canadian-based Barrick Mining, to pay 3.2 percent of gross production, 25 percent for income tax and 8.75 percent from net earnings. This will amount to $11 billion in tax revenue from one mine. Barrick, like other mining corporations in Nevada,...

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State of the State and education reform

Governor Brian Sandoval will use his State of the State address tonight to convince us he’s serious about improving Nevada’s education system that is arguably one of the worst in the nation. We thought this would be a good time to remind you just who Governor Sandoval looks to for guidance when it comes to shaping his education policy.   Michelle Rhee Once seen as an education reform prodigy, Michelle Rhee, the former Chancellor of DC schools, has seen her good reputation dwindle away as she has become embroiled in a test cheating scandal and more and more politicians and voters reject her anti-union “reforms”. The work she did for public schools in DC, once described as a “miracle”, appears now to be just a facade.   Rhee was a special guest at Governor Sandoval’s first State of the State address in 2011. Rhee used her celebrity to make the media rounds hyping Governor Sandoval’s education proposals (the cuts proposed by Governor Sandoval were described by Applied Analysis as “the largest in modern history”) as she has done around the country for other governors like Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Rick Scott of Florida.   It’s not clear if Rhee is still advising the Sandoval administration but it is clear that school privatization (Conservatives are trying to sell it as school “choice”, but it’s a path toward destroying our...

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Living up to the Dream

I share a birthday with Martin Luther King Jr. and from a young age have always been slightly obsessed with the civil rights icon. Reading his own words from speeches, letters and news clippings, I gained a better understanding of who this man was and in the process shaped my worldview and began my way down a path that led me to the social justice organizer I am today. We all know the “content of your character” refrain from his I Have A Dream speech. But the soul of the speech and the very reason for the March on Washington has been lost to a sanitized textbook version of the truth. Martin Luther King Jr used his I Have a Dream speech to give a stinging rebuke of the American Dream: But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we’ve come to our...

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2013 El Estado Progresista del Estado de Nevada

  Nevadenses, Gracias por estar aqui esta noche para hablar sobre nuestro estado. Mi nombre es Astrid Silva, aunque no naci en Nevada ha sido mi hogar desde que era muy pequena.  Ahora no solamente soy miembro de la comunidad pero tambien continuo con otros la lucha para que nuestro estado salga adelante. En una semana, el Gobernador Brian Sandoval va a dar su discurso biannual. Esperamos oir mas sobre su vision para este gran estado, que tanto queremos. Nuestro estado ocupa el cuarto lugar en produccion de oro a nivel mundial, tambien estamos entre los veinte estados con mas altos ingresos por persona. Nuestra ciudad, Las Vegas es uno de los lugares mas visitados en el mundo. Estamos trabajando con energia renovable para que algun dia sea tambien parte de nuestra contribucion a una comunidad mas ecologica. Muchos de los que disfrutan de la naturaleza bella de nuestro estado saben que no hay otro lugar como Nevada. Tenemos los empleados mas trabajadores de todo el pais, desde los que tienden camas en los hoteles a los maestros de nuestros hijos en las escuelas. Dado tanta abundancia de recursos naturales y fuerza laboral, Nevada deberia ser un paraiso economico. En vez;  tenemos vecindarios descuidados, un sistema de educacion que esta fallando y existe una gran distancia entre los ricos y los pobres que continua acresentandose. La clase media en...

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2013 Progressive State of the State

The 2013 Progressive State of State as prepared for delivery by  Sheila Leslie   Fellow Nevadans: Thank you for joining me tonight to discuss the State of our State. I’m Sheila Leslie, a 35-year Nevadan by choice, a former state Legislator, and a committed progressive activist. In one week, Governor Brian Sandoval will deliver his biennial address. We look forward to hearing more about his vision for the state we both love. In fact, it is because of that love for Nevada that I am here before you tonight. I’m worried about Nevada. I’m worried that when Governor Sandoval...

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