Universal Basic Income for Nevada
Burke Andersson proposes that Nevada start a fund to be distributed to its permanent residents as a monthly dividend. This dividend’s payment would vary year to year based on the amount collected in the fund. But preliminary estimates give it anywhere from $250-$1000/month per Nevada resident over the age of 18. Residents having lived in Nevada more than three years would qualify for the payout.
- Why Universal Basic Income? Because it encourages people to work and start businesses. It also protects people in times of economic shock (such as the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic).
- Eliminates means testing because every permanent resident would receive it. Bolsters the middle class, alleviates income inequality, and helps both homeowners and renters.
- Improves the mental health, stress levels, physical health, and financial security of all Nevadans. Gives value to caregivers, non-profit volunteers, creatives, and artists who don’t make money for the work they do.
- Will be paid for by small distributions from a variety of industries: gaming, the Las Vegas Strip, cannabis sales, and a voluntary state income tax. Studies have shown that a quarter of a percent tax on the gaming industry would raise $180 million a year that can be given to all Nevadans.
- Nevada is the center of the automation revolution. Casinos are already automating away bartenders. Research has shown that upwards of 65% of Las Vegas jobs could be automated away by 2035 (source: https://www.iseapublish.com/index.php/2017/05/03/future-job-automation-to-hit-hardest-in-low-wage-metropolitan-areas-like-las-vegas-orlando-and-riverside-san-bernardino/?mod=article_inline). A Universal Basic Income would help Las Vegas workers transition out of automated jobs and help soften the blow of potential job losses.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has made Las Vegas residents particularly vulnerable. Las Vegas, NV has been one of the worst hit economies in the nation thanks to the coronavirus (source: https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-28/shocking-3-3-million-americans-file-for-unemployment-as-coronavirus-cases-soar-in-las-vegas-the-jobless-cope-by-leaning-on-their-faith-cutting-back-on-spending-and-clinging-on-to-the-past) More than 93,000 Nevadans filed unemployment claims during the week that ended March 21, compared with 6,356 from the week prior. A Universal Basic Income would help Las Vegas residents weather the storm. People don’t need interest free loans, and a $15 minimum wage when they’ve been furloughed. They need cash in their hands. And that is what Burke wishes to bring to the residents of Assembly District 15.
Clean Up Nevada
In light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Burke proposes that the State of Nevada be the forefront of sanitizing public spaces so that Las Vegas and Nevada can get back to business again. Las Vegas runs on its gaming and recreational spaces. We need to make Las Vegas safe again to do business. And that means being on the cutting edge of sanitation technology.
- Using Decon-7 (D7) to sanitize public facilities. Starting with city buildings and public spaces such as court houses, parks, and government buildings.
- D7 is used by the U.S. Military in the mitigation of biological contaminants. It’s 10 million times more powerful than Clorox as well as being EPA registered & approved. After 8 hours, the substance turns into soluble water.
- D7 is being used by countries who have successfully flattened the curve: South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore. D7 is safe for human contact, safe for the environment, and is made in the USA.
- D7 has been proven to be effective in sanitizing surfaces exposed to the Coronavirus.
- Once Nevada can safely sanitize their buildings, we can focus on sanitizing public spaces such as the walkways of the Las Vegas strip. So that Las Vegas can go back to business.
- Researches believe that the coronavirus could come back seasonally (source: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.04.20031112v1?mod=article_inline). So Nevada needs to get ahead of the problem and be ready to combat the virus when it returns. That means sanitizing spaces so that businesses can continue in the event of a future outbreak.
Burke believes in a strong public school system. However, many of Nevada’s schools are not preparing its students for the jobs of today. Burke proposes expanding trade school and technical training so that Nevada students can graduate with skills valuable to the market.
- Expanding public education opportunities in high school and community colleges to include vocation training such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, carpentry, auto repair, etc.
- Trade schools cost less than colleges (source: https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/articles/2016-04-12/the-financial-case-for-trade-school-over-college). Burke plans to vastly expand trade education in state colleges so costs are even cheaper for Nevada residents.
- A college degree isn’t for everyone. (source: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/15/shark-tanks-kevin-oleary-college-not-for-everyone-be-a-plumber.html).
- Forming public/private partnerships so that private companies can teach skills in schools and then recruit the apprentices they mentor.