Best New Almost-Maybe-Kinda Law


In the Miracle of Carson City—and the fact that we say that shows how cheap miracles go around here these days—the Legislature approved the voters’ right to decide in 2014 whether to remove the constitution’s 5 percent cap on mining taxes. If the voters say “yea,” the 2015 Legislature will be able to debate whether to raise—or, hey, reduce!—the taxes after all. So it’s a little early for Nevada schools to start rejoicing in the coming windfall. But back to the miraculous part of this miracle: It was the willingness of Southern Nevada Republicans—led by Senate minority floor leader Michael Roberson—to vote against party lines and along geographic ones that got the resolution rolling and ultimately passed.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.