Interested in Serving on a State Board/Commission?

Calling all Nevadans! Here’s your chance to have your say in how government operates in Nevada. The Governor will be appointing volunteers to serve on dozens of Nevada boards and commissions. The state is looking for folks who are interested in serving on everything from the Aging Commission to Wildlife Commissioners!

Governor Brian Sandoval is committed to building an efficient and responsive state government. The Governor believes that all citizens should have direct access to their government and have the right to help shape public policy. The Governor has the privilege and authority to confirm or appoint members to numerous boards and commissions. Most boards and commissions are created by federal law, state legislation, or executive order of the Governor. Each state board has a different role and membership requirements. The membership is outlined in the enabling document and is usually narrowly defined, often including requirements for political or geographic diversity.

Message from NV Dems Chair William McCurdy II

We’re hiring summer organizing fellows!

Website link here.

Download PDF here.

The “Resistance Summer” program is a partnership with the Democratic National Committee designed to bolster state parties and invest in local organizing projects. This will increase our capacity to elect Democrats up-and-down the ballot in 2018 and beyond. More information here: resistsummer.com

Full description below for this paid summer organizing fellowship – please share this with your networks and encourage talented people to apply!

Summer Fellowship (Paid)

The Nevada State Democratic Party is seeking to hire top-quality summer organizing fellows to join our “Resistance Summer” program.  This paid fellowship program requires 20-25 hours of work each week and involves executing a plan to recruit volunteers and engage Nevada Democrats.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Building and managing volunteer canvasses and phone banks
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Planning and managing training events
  • Voter registration
  • Identifying volunteers to take on precinct leadership roles
  • Training volunteers one-on-one and in groups
  • Outreach to key constituency groups, Democratic clubs and organizations

Required skills:

  • Experience working for or volunteering on political campaigns
  • Enthusiasm for Democratic politics
  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Great time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to train and instruct volunteers
  • Excellent listening skills and ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Strong organizational, management, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in setting and achieving measurable targets, managing teams, and coordinating between multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to handle multiple priority projects and meet established timelines
  • Enjoys working with varied members of the general public
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Interested individuals should send a resume to jobs@nvdems.com and fill out the fellowship application at https://goo.gl/forms/ZslsimyrnpzVt2Xh1

DEADLINE: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Final submissions are due Sunday, June 18.

Equal Opportunity/Diversity Policy

The Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the NSDP, including opportunity for employment and treatment as a NSDP employee. The NSDP is an equal opportunity employer and will comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment.

NSDP’s equal opportunity policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the NSDP, including opportunity for employment and treatment as a NSDP employee, as well as opportunities for Consultants to contract with the NSDP.

The NSDP is committed to building a staff that reflects the diverse communities that makeup our state and the Democratic Party. Working towards the goal of a diverse NSDP, our policy extends to both Staff and Consultants.


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New Reports available at the Economic Policy Institute

2016 State of American Wages

In a new report, Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) Elise Gould finds that an improving economy in 2016 brought broad-based wage growth for most workers. Notably, wages at the bottom rose more in states that raised their minimum wages. Despite these improvements, large wage gaps persist by gender and race and between wage levels. Gould recommends that policymakers strengthen labor standards and that the Federal Reserve hold off on raising interest rates until the economy reaches full employment and worker pay rises. Read the report »

1.42M Guestworkers in the U.S.

A new EPI report estimates that 1.42 million temporary foreign workers, or “guestworkers,” were employed in the United States during fiscal year 2013—roughly equivalent to 1 percent of the total U.S. labor force. Authors Daniel Costa of EPI and Jennifer Rosenbaum, a visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, encourage the U.S. government to collect better data on temporary foreign workers and their employers to help policymakers to make more informed decisions about foreign worker visa programs. Read the report »

Women have a huge impact in the  economy — but it could be even bigger

A new article by EPI’s Elise Gould finds that policies like paid parental leave and subsidized child care would increase parental labor force participation and boost the economy. Gould finds that if prime-age women (age 25–54) in the United States participated in the workforce at the same average rate as women in Canada and Germany (78.4 percent), the U.S. GDP would increase by $600 billion. Read the article »

 

Would Donald Tax a Fellow Trump?

If Trump is serious about penalizing companies that offshore jobs, he should start with his daughter’s.
By Jim Hightower

Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedy corporate executives who’ve shipped middle-class jobs out of country, or I’ll slap you with a big tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made products here.

Great stuff, Donnie — and to prove you mean business, I know just the CEO you should target first: Her name is Ivanka. Your daughter.

Her multi-million-dollar line of clothing and accessories, sold through major national retailers ranging from Macy’s to Amazon, is pitched to America’s working women. Yet practically all of her products are made on the cheap in low-wage factories in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam — anywhere except America.

Imagine the message it would send to runaway corporations — and the integrity it would establish for Trump — if he slapped his first tariffs on Ivanka’s goods.

Photo Credit: Marc Nozell / Flickr

But neither Daddy Trump nor the daughter want to discuss the embarrassing conflict between his political bluster and her ethic of runaway capitalism. Instead, she’s tried to dodge the issue by saying it doesn’t matter, since she’ll “separate” herself from the business if she becomes a White House adviser.

Nice try, Ivanka, but the stench of hypocrisy will only grow nastier if you’re at your father’s side while he pretends to castigate other corporations that abscond from America.

The only way to salvage even an iota of moral virtue is to repatriate the manufacturing of your brand-name apparel. Bringing those middle-class jobs home to the Good Ol’ US of A would also make a powerful political statement.

Yet because money trumps both political savvy and the morality of simply doing what’s right, Ivanka says her corporate brand will stay offshore. As a spokeswoman put it: “We want to make responsible business decisions.”

Really? How does that “Make America Great Again”?


OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. Distributed by OtherWords.org.

Become a Co-Sponsor of the Real Agenda for Working People

President-elect #donaldtrump and conservatives on Capitol Hill are preparing to unleash a series of economic policies in an attempt to undermine years of progress.

Tax cuts for the rich and corporations, deregulation of finance and worker protections, and assaults on unions would all undercut U.S. workers’ economic clout, not increase it.

The blame for workers’ plight should be placed squarely where it is due: on the corporate owners, top managers and Wall Street financiers, and the policymakers in their sway.

We must stand united to protect U.S. workers and families from the conservative tried-and-failed trickle-down policies of the past.

Stand together and become a co-sponsor of the five-point Real Agenda for Working People to create an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few. This agenda is a yardstick for measuring the Trump Administration’s policies.


A Real Agenda for Working People:

Restore full employment
Create an economy where employers have to compete for workers by raising wages

  • Launch a 10-year, $1.2 trillion public investment program in infrastructure, clean energy, scientific and medical research, early child care, education, and health care delivery.
  • Create public employment programs for areas with high unemployment rates and with large concentrations of low-wage workers.
  • Nominate and retain Federal Reserve Board governors who will pursue full employment and wage growth.

Strengthen—not gut—rules that support good jobs
Preserve and expand rules that support good jobs and create economically secure families and a fairer economy

  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 and index it to wage growth.
  • Build a universal, nationwide child care system.
  • Enact paid family and sick leave and promote sensible work scheduling.
  • Strengthen the Department of Labor to enforce labor standards including employee misclassification, wage theft, and prevailing wage violations.
  • Use all the tools at our disposal to eliminate discrimination in hiring, promotion, and pay of women and workers of color.
  • Reform immigration laws to provide legalization and a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.
  • Reform—rather than expand—guestworker programs so that temporary migrant workers are not underpaid and have access to labor standards and workplace protections.
  • End forced arbitration in employment contracts and consumer financial services agreements.

Protect the basic human right of worker organization
The freedom to bargain collectively

  • Strengthen protections for working people who organize and promote change through collective action.

Level the playing field that trade agreements slanted against workers
Globalization depresses wages—and our trade policy makes it worse

  • Fight exchange rate misalignments that hamper U.S. exporters and lead to trade deficits.
  • Enforce trade laws that help U.S. workers.
  • Reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade agreements that protect U.S. and multinational corporations but not workers.

Raise top tax rates to invest in America and restore power to the bottom 90 percent
The top 1 percent do not need tax cuts that increase their incentive to further rig the economy’s rules

  • Eliminate tax preferences for executive pay, or make deductions for executive pay contingent on granting rank-and-file wage increases equal to productivity growth.
  • Implement a financial transactions tax (FTT).
  • Raise top marginal income tax rates.

For more details on the Real Agenda for Working People visit www.epi.org/workers-agenda.

Trump’s Indiana Taxpayer $$ Investment in Carrier Worked Well, Didn’t It?

— by Aaron Rupar, Journalist at ThinkProgress | Twitter: @atrupar

United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence before Pence speaks at Carrier Corp Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Indianapolis. CREDIT: AP Photo/Darron Cummings

As part of the deal President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence struck with Carrier, the company has promised to make a $16 million investment in its Indianapolis facility — an investment management plans to use on developing technology that will allow them to replace human workers with robots.

The company’s plans were confirmed by Greg Hayes, CEO of United Technologies, Carrier’s corporate parent, during a CNBC interview earlier this week.

“We’re going to… automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive,” Hayes said. “Is it as cheap as moving to Mexico with lower cost labor? No. But we will make that plant competitive just because we’ll make the capital investments there. But what that ultimately means is there will be fewer jobs.”

This news comes on the heels of Trump blasting Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999 union that represents Carrier workers, for the sin of correctly pointing out that Trump exaggerated the number of jobs his deal “saved” during a December 1 news conference at the factory. Trump said the company agreed to keep 1,100 jobs at the Indianapolis factory when the real figure is closer to 800, with 550 workers at the factory facing layoffs despite Trump’s deal. In addition, Carrier still plans to ship 700 jobs from a separate factory in Huntington, Indiana, to Mexico. And as part of the deal, Indiana taxpayers will dole out $7 million in tax breaks to the company.

After Trump smeared him on Twitter, Jones received threats against his family.

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Thursday, Jones wrote, “what I can’t abide…is a president who misleads workers, who gives them false hope.”

“We’re not asking for anything besides opportunity, for jobs that let people provide for their families,” he continued. “These plants are profitable, and the workers produced a good-quality product. [United Technology made a profit of $7.6 billion in 2015.] Because of corporate greed, though, company leaders are racing to the bottom, to find places where they can pay the least. It’s a system that exploits everyone.”

It’s unclear when Carrier’s technological investments will allow it to lay off some of the 800 workers whose jobs were spared in the short-term. United Steelworkers 1999 didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about what they know regarding when job cuts are happening and who will be affected. As Jones detailed in the Post op-ed, the union was completely cut out of negotiations between Trump and Carrier.

While the timing remains unclear, Jones said on Thursday that he expects cuts beyond the 550 layoffs that will happen in spite of Trump’s deal.

“Automation means less people,” he said during a CNN interview. “I think we’ll have a reduction of workforce at some point in time once they get all the automation in and up and running.”

Despite Trump’s pro-worker campaign rhetoric, the details of the Carrier deal and Trump’s nomination of fast food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary suggests he doesn’t have an issue with companies replacing humans with machines. Puzder is a proponent of replacing human workers with robots, telling Business Insider last March that machines are “always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case.”

CNN, citing a McKinsey & Co. study, reports that “45 percent of the tasks that U.S. workers are currently paid to perform can be automated by existing technology. That represents about $2 trillion in annual wages.”


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Bernie Sanders: Big Business ‘Took trump Hostage and Won’

In essence, United Technologies took trump hostage, he caved, and United Technologies won.  And, that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across this country.

—by Nika Knight, Common Dreams staff writer

The Carrier plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, where United Technologies is preserving only 1,000 jobs in exchange for a reportedly large tax cut and regulatory favors promised by President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: Darron Cummings/AP)
The Carrier plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, where United Technologies is preserving only 1,000 jobs in exchange for a reportedly large tax cut and regulatory favors promised by President-elect donald trump. (Photo: Darron Cummings/AP)

President-elect donald trump has bowed to corporate power and walked back his own campaign promises mere weeks after being elected, says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday.

trump betrayed workers with a massive hand-out—reportedly a large promised tax cut and “regulatory favors”—to United Technologies, the owner of Carrier, in exchange for the company keeping a portion of its Indiana factory jobs in the U.S., Sanders argues.
Sanders excoriates the real estate mogul’s decision:

President-elect donald trump will reportedly announce a deal with United Technologies, the corporation that owns Carrier, that keeps less than 1,000 of the 2,100 jobs in America that were previously scheduled to be transferred to Mexico. Let’s be clear: It is not good enough to save some of these jobs. trump made a promise that he would save all of these jobs, and we cannot rest until an ironclad contract is signed to ensure that all of these workers are able to continue working in Indiana without having their pay or benefits slashed.

In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought. Just a short few months ago, trump was pledging to force United Technologies to “pay a damn tax.” He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad?

trump’s decision, the Vermont senator argues, greatly endangers American jobs. It sends a signal to “every corporation in America” that executives can threaten to move jobs overseas “in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives.”

“And who would pay for the high cost for tax cuts that go to the richest businessmen in America? The working class of America,” Sanders notes.

The working class is subsidizing an already absurdly wealthy billionaire corporate class, argues the democratic socialist, and trump’s move will make that trend worse.

“Last year, [United Technologies] made a profit of $7.6 billion and received more than $6 billion in defense contracts,” observes Sanders. “It has also received more than $50 million from the Export-Import Bank and very generous tax breaks. In 2014, United Technologies gave its former CEO Louis Chenevert a golden parachute worth more than $172 million. Last year, the company’s five highest-paid executives made more than $50 million. The firm also spent $12 billion to inflate its stock price instead of using that money to invest in new plants and workers.”

“Does that sound like a company that deserves more corporate welfare from our government?” Sanders wonders.

Sanders plans to introduce an anti-outsourcing bill when Congress reconvenes in January, which would levy a tax against corporations for outsourcing American jobs. The move could highlight the hypocrisy of Trump’s pro-worker campaign rhetoric and his pro-corporate actions.

“If donald trump won’t stand up for America’s working class,” writes Sanders, “we must.”


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Trump Infrastructure Plan a ‘Corporate Tax Break Scam’ Democrats Should Reject

Former Obama aide calls plan a ‘mistake in policy and political judgment [Democrats] will regret’
—by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Public infrastructure projects that don’t appeal as much to private contractors “get no help from Trump’s plan,” Kain wrote. (Photo: AP)

A former Obama aide is calling on Democrats not to support President-elect Donald Trump‘s so-called infrastructure plan, saying it’s a “trap” and a “mistake in policy and political judgment they will regret.”

On the campaign trail, Trump promised to invest $1 trillion into repairing America’s crumbling roads and bridges, creating new jobs along the way—an investment which the nation clearly needs. Over the weekend, influential Democrats like Sen. Charles Schumer of New York pointed to it as a bipartisan issue that could help unite a bitterly divided country.

But a closer look at his proposal shows the plan may just be a smokescreen for corporate tax cuts that might not build anything new at all.

Ronald A. Klain, who served as an assistant to President Barack Obama and led the team implementing the American Recovery and Renewal Act, wrote in the Washington Post last week, “I’ve got a simple message for Democrats who are embracing President-elect Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan: Don’t do it. It’s a trap.”

Klain, who also served as an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, explained:

First, Trump’s plan is not really an infrastructure plan. It’s a tax-cut plan for utility-industry and construction-sector investors, and a massive corporate welfare plan for contractors. The Trump plan doesn’t directly fund new roads, bridges, water systems or airports, as did Hillary Clinton’s 2016 infrastructure proposal. Instead, Trump’s plan provides tax breaks to private-sector investors who back profitable construction projects. These projects (such as electrical grid modernization or energy pipeline expansion) might already be planned or even underway. There’s no requirement that the tax breaks be used for incremental or otherwise expanded construction efforts; they could all go just to fatten the pockets of investors in previously planned projects.

Meanwhile, public infrastructure projects that don’t appeal as much to private contractors—such as repairs to city water systems, existing roads, and non-toll bridges—”get no help from Trump’s plan,” he added.

And Trump’s planned tax break windfall for businesses, combined with a “10 percent pretax profit margin” included in the infrastructure plan, would add up to an $85 billion profit for contractors, after taxes, and “underwritten by the taxpayers,” he continued.

There’s more.

Because the plan prioritizes investors and tax breaks, rather than subsidizing projects and repairing public infrastructure, “there is simply no guarantee that the plan will produce any net new hiring,” Klain wrote. “Investors may simply shift capital from unsubsidized projects to subsidized ones and pocket the tax breaks on projects they would have funded anyway.”

Those warnings were echoed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, who writes in the New York Times on Monday, “Progressives should not associate themselves with this exercise in crony capitalism.”

Krugman says:

If you want to build infrastructure, build infrastructure. It’s hard to see any reason for a roundabout, indirect method that would offer a few people extremely sweet deals, and would therefore provide both the means and the motive for large-scale corruption. Or maybe I should say, it’s hard to see any reason for this scheme unless the inevitable corruption is a feature, not a bug.

Now, the Trump people could make all my suspicions look foolish by scrapping the private-investor, tax credits aspect of their proposal and offering a straightforward program of public investment. And if they were to do that, progressives should indeed work with them on that issue.

But it’s not going to happen. Cronyism and self-dealing are going to be the central theme of this administration—in fact, Mr. Trump is already meeting with foreigners to promote his business interests. And people who value their own reputations should take care to avoid any kind of association with the scams ahead.

In his op-ed for the Post, Klain compared the plan to former President Ronald Reagan’s disastrous tax cuts in the 1980s, which, he noted, led to massive deficits that were used to justify slashing funding to social programs.

“Thus,” Klain wrote, “Democrats should know that every dollar spent on the Trump tax scheme to enrich construction investors and contractors is a dollar that will later be cut from schools, hospitals, and seniors.”


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Time to Deal with Climate Change is Right Now

ChipEvans01— By Chip Evans, Candidate for U.S. Representative to Congress representing NV-CD2

The time is now for climate change deniers to follow or get out of the way.

As a state, Nevada must fully embrace the ongoing national movement towards clean, sustainable, renewable energy and start a rapid transition away from fossil fuel energy to a job-creating green economy.

So what are some smart things to do?

Step one: Focus on job creation first.

From my days as the founding director of the Cleantech Open in Nevada, I am aware of many technologies that are market-ready or in development to make, store and discharge energy sourced from a multitude of sources. Each of these technologies creates a clear opportunity to create good-paying green jobs. Our Northern Nevada unions already have extensive training programs underway or at the ready to get workers up to speed and job-ready in a short period.

Step two: Facilitate growth of our newly-arriving technology companies.

We must invest in and develop a high-speed data highway to all corners of Nevada. This data highway would make our existing businesses more competitive and help Northern Nevada attract new businesses. It would also help repopulate the downtowns of our rural communities.

Creating this rapid data highway will require a public/private partnership. The private sector alone cannot handle the upfront expense for a still-small customer base.

We have compelling examples of successful public/private partnerships with the development and construction of the national highway system back in the ’50s and the national electric grid even earlier than that.

Step three: Remove roadblocks and monopolies to open up energy-choice/independence.

Another key ingredient of progress will be untethering consumers from current independent energy-related constraints and a return to both accommodation and incentives to lessen reliance on grid-provided power.

Removing energy monopolies would result in greater competition, leading to good-paying jobs. It also has the added benefit of lessening the need for large coal-fired or nuclear power plants – a great outcome for our environment and the people of Nevada.

This November, we must consider the cost of our votes. We must consider whether or not it’s worth it to elect anyone who represents climate deniers and the status quo, or someone with new energy, fresh ideas and is willing to shake things up.

It’s time we accept the facts: Climate change is here. Climate change is real. Combating climate change, now, will be good for our economy.

Whether it’s in Nevada or any other state, we need to work together to get stuff done and create more green energy platforms, and move away from our dependence on fossil fuels.

Our planet, our humanity and our economy depend on our collective actions.

New Analysis: Nevada Could Add 94,000 Jobs Under Clinton, Lose 31,000 Under Trump

Findings Emphasize Contrast Between Clinton’s Plan to Invest in Good-Paying American Jobs and Trump’s Reckless Proposals

Hillary-NVHillary for Nevada today is announcing new analysis that shows Nevada could add 94,000 jobs under Hillary Clinton’s economic plans, while it could lose 31,000 jobs under a Donald Trump presidency. The findings are based on two recent reports by Moody’s economist and former John McCain adviser Mark Zandi. The analysis showed that under Clinton’s plans, the economy overall would create 10.4 million jobs nationwide while under Trump, the economy would lose 3.4 million jobs and the nation would plunge into a “lengthy recession.”

Clinton has pledged to make the largest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II in her first 100 days in office. This plan would grow jobs in Nevada by making the boldest investments in infrastructure since President Eisenhower built the interstate highway system, investing in Nevada manufacturing, and cutting taxes and reducing red tape for Nevada’s small businesses, among other provisions.

“Hillary Clinton is the only candidate with a bold vision and a real plan to create new jobs and make our economy stronger,” said Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the
. “Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, we emerged out of one of the deepest economic recessions in our history, but we still have so much more work to do. Hillary knows that we need an economy that works for everyone, and she will lead us by making major investments in our infrastructure, small businesses, manufacturing, technology and clean energy. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s plan would work against all the progress we’ve made over the last eight years and take us back into another recession.”

“As one of the states hit the hardest by the recession, our communities continue to face economic stress. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has a plan to help Nevada families step out of poverty,” said Assemblywoman Dina Neal.

Tanden and Neal held a media conference call today, along with Henderson Councilwoman Gerri Schroder. A full fact sheet on today’s analysis of Zandi’s findings and additional details on how Clinton’s 100-Days jobs agenda would benefit Nevada and create jobs is attached. The estimated job gains and losses in Nevada under Clinton’s plans and Trump’s plans were calculated by distributing Zandi’s national projections evenly among the states in proportion to their populations.

 

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