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  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    The ‘‘Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2019’’ was reintroduce in the Senate by Senator John Thune (R-SD) earlier this year. The bill proposes to simplify tax reporting requirements for employers and workers where multiple state jurisdictions are concerned. Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D) is a co-sponsor as is Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and approximately 30 other Senators.
    The legislation would establish a 30-day “safe harbor” from withholding obligations for employers and personal income tax requirements for their traveling employees. The 30-day threshold is not continuous, so an employee could accumulate the 30 days over the course of a year. Thus, if an employee travels to a nonresident state for fewer than 30 days, they incur no personal income tax liability, nor would their employer have to withhold.
    The rationale for the legislation is that the American workforce is increasingly mobile, switching jobs frequently, working in one state while living in another such as remote workers do, or workers may have multiple temporary assignments strung across the country.  The various state laws can have an adverse effect on employees’ income taxes. For example, some state thresholds are tied to personal exemption, standard deduction or filing thresholds that can change each year. Others have a specific monetary threshold based on wages earned.
  • Internet increases human trafficking risk
    Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry worldwide and the average age of sex trafficking victims are reported to be 11 to 14 years old. There are total of 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally according to polarisproject.org. 
    Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services (WDVS) KaLee Young advocates for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and sex trafficking. 
    Sex trafficking occurs when someone uses force, fraud or coercion to cause a commercial sex act with an adult or causes a minor to commit a commercial sex act. Young reported that there has been at least three sex trafficking cases in Winnemucca within the last two years. In a rural area like Winnemucca, Young said internet safety is very important for sex trafficking prevention and in larger cities predators may spend time at malls and where target victims may be. 
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    August 2019 consolidated tax (CTX) numbers were down for Lander and Pershing Counties compared to those from 2018. Humboldt County’s CTX numbers increased. Statewide, taxable sales were up 7.6% year-over-year, at $5, 410,952,341.
  • Etch your name into history, create your own corn husk doll at the California Trail Interpretive Center
    Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    Learn how pioneers etched their names in stone, make a doll out of corn husks, and learn a new dance at the California Trail Interpretive Center.
    The Trail Center is presenting a variety of family friendly programs throughout November. The following programs are free and open to everyone
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:00 AM
    Officials from the Nevada state health insurance exchange have announced plans focusing on enrollee retention following its split from the federal website.
    The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange switched back to a state-based exchange following its departure from Healthcare.gov, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports .
  • California Trail Interpretive Center announces winter operating schedule
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    The California Trail Interpretive Center announces new hours for the winter. The center will now be open Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The visitation hours are now from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The new operating hours and days will remain into the spring season.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    In a major victory for NV Energy, the electric utility has filed a proposed contract with utility regulators to provide a new, reduced-rate pricing system for the Raiders’ stadium and team facilities, reversing earlier plans for the football team to operate independently of the state’s largest electric utility.
    In a pair of filings made last week with the Public Utilities Commission, NV Energy laid out a proposed contract and new pricing structure with the under-construction Allegiant Stadium, plus Raiders administrative and practice facilities, that would commit the team to a discounted, long-term energy arrangement with the utility, based on recently proposed solar and battery storage generation projects. Notably, the proposed pricing structure would also be available to the handful of businesses that have won PUC approval to leave the utility but are not yet receiving electric service from another provider.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    Since marijuana sales have been legalized in Nevada, the illegal cultivation sites that have been destroyed has fallen from more than 150 in 2012 to 20 in 2018, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
    Nevada is one of 12 states and the District of Columbia where recreational marijuana has been legalized yet there is still illegal cultivation — the DEA reported 0.37 arrests per 100,000 Nevada residents in 2018. Other states where marijuana remains illegal to cultivate have the highest growing-related arrests, with Wyoming in first place at a rate of 21 per 100,000 people.   
    “While I can’t comment on opinion-based inquiries, I can certainly tell you that marijuana continues to be a Scheduled I drug/substance and the DEA’s mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the U.S.,” a DEA spokesperson said when asked if there is a link between a state legalizing marijuana and the rate of illegal cultivation.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has received a $55,500 Joining Forces grant for the next year from the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
    The grant supports law enforcement’s participation in Joining Forces traffic safety campaigns from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. The grant will allow HCSO to pair with other agencies for enforcement events to promote traffic safety. 
    Joining Forces is a highly visibility, multi-jurisdictional statewide effort to increase safety on Nevada’s roads by increasing enforcement and awareness of traffic laws. 
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 AM
    The Nevada Supreme Court dismissed the argument over whether the state could use the drug midazolam to execute Scott Dozier.
    The Nevada Appeal reports that drug maker Alvogen sued to stop the state from using its drug in the execution, but Dozier killed himself putting the case on hold.
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