MORE, 6:55 PM:
Chamber spokeswoman Cara Clarke flatly contradicted the Tax Foundation rep who told me (see below) that the report was not commissioned. "We had it commissioned," she told me, adding the group has asked the foundation to analyze all the proposals.
Get your stories straight, people!
UPDATED, 6:45 PM:
The chamber begs for forgiveness:
The Cliven Bundy Gang is planning a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the botched BLM raid on the rancher who owes the federal government a fortune in grazing fees.
The CBG has even invited Clark County commissioners to what they are calling the "Bundy Ranch Freedom Reunion" on April 10-11. The invite, attached here, is signed "We the People of the Sovereign State of Nevada," and the flyer has all kinds of sovereign state rhetoric.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen have sent a letter to Nevada lawmakers expressing general support for a collective bargaining reform bill that has infuriated public employee unions.
The two mayors straddle a fine line in the letter, obviously embracing some of the key reforms but inisisting they don't want to "throw the baby out with the bathwater." Goodman is in the middle of a re-election campaign -- she is favored, but probably does not want to stir up unions as early voting has begun.
It's a Michele Fiore & Friends and Bundy Family reunion!
As state lawmakers begin to consider education reforms, inlcuding both a reaffirmation (by the governor) and rejection (by Tea Party lawmakers) of education standards, Common Core backers will start a media campaign later this week.
The first ad will start on radio and feature Reagan-era Education Secretary Bill Bennett talking about how conservatives are coming back to Common Core, a few days before Assemblyman Brent Jones' repeal effort is heard next week.
So how does the AFL-CIO feel about all of those bills targeting collective bargaining, overtime and the minimum wage?
Here's how -- airing statewide:
Jeb Bush declined last week to take a position on the Yucca Mountain repository, saying he had to study it before deciding. But he has had a position in the past: He was for it.
Here's what it will do, sources say:
Increase of MBT (payroll tax) rate to 1.56, from 1.17.
Eliminate health care deduction for employers, which will put $32 million into state coffers. This will be controversial.
(Watch for gaming volcano -- a real one, not the one at The Mirage.)
Business License Fee will go from $200 to $300 for most employers, $500 for some.
Total is estimated at $60 million above governor's $7.3 billion budget, but remember: There are more than $100 million in holes in that budget thanks to tax credits. (Thanks, Elon.)
A survey commissioned by a PAC tied to Gov. Brian Sandoval finds good news for Speaker John Hambrick and bad news for the GOP Ass. Caucus/Citizen Outhouse wing of the Republican Party.
The Nevada Jobs Coalition, which helped take the state Senate, commissioned the survey by the well-regarded Tarrance Group. The findings are devastating for the Just Say No Caucus.
UPDATED, 2:45 PM: Now Her Honor has a new ad, with an endorsement from a former first lady.
After two days of early voting, if Las Vegas Councilman Stavros Anthony expected a high GOP turnout to fuel an upset, it's not happening.