What role do immigrant workers play in today's labor force? And how do emotions about illegal immigration and competition for jobs shape workplaces? We talk to Brookings expert Audrey Singer about why America's labor market will become increasingly reliant on immigrants and their children..
The economies in Metropolitan areas in the Mountain West region are recovering at a good pace but unemployment still remains high in Las Vegas and across the entire state of Nevada. That's according to a new report from Brookings Mountain West at UNLV. Is Nevada keeping up with the region? And what needs to be done to keep pace with our neighbors in places like Arizona, Colorado and Utah? We discuss the latest Brookings Mountain Monitor report and the latest on Nevada's economic activity.
The freeways are being widened and McCarran has a new terminal but does that cover Las Vegas infrastructure needs? Could new roads and railroads really strengthen the economy in Southern Nevada? And what else will diversify the kind of business that is carried on in Nevada?
The key to economic diversification in Nevada is bolstering existing industries like gaming and tourism while at the same time attracting development in new industries like aerospace and defense manufacturing and renewable energy. That's according to a new report presented to Nevada officials by Brookings Mountain West.
As part of a deal to reduce the nation's deficit, Congress created a "super committee" tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next ten years. With those cuts could come reduced funding for state programs that rely on federal money. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction as it is officially known, has been working since September but has been pretty quiet about what's going on.
Ron Haskins, visiting scholar at UNLV's Brookings Mountain West and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution will give a lecture on how federal deficit cutting might impact states like Nevada. He joins us to discuss how the super committee is working and what might be in store for Nevadans.
Brookings scholar Peter Singer's book "Wired for War," explains the realities of technology like unmanned drones, in modern warfare. Singer comes to UNLV as a visiting scholar at Brookings Mountain West and he'll give a lecture Tuesday (3/22) night called "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21 Century.
A new report from Brookings Mountain West at UNLV says that unless Nevada makes changes to the budget process the state could be stuck in an economic rut for much longer than anticipated. State Senate Majority Leader, Steven Horsford will be responsible for hammering out a budget deal with the assembly and the governor when the legislature meets in February. So what are his ideas for looking ahead at Nevada's future? Senate Majority Leaders, Steven Horsford joins us.
Brookings Mountain West at UNLV says that Nevada can be at the heart a transformation in how the country reduces its carbon footprint. By establishing federally funded innovation centers across the intermountain West, Brookings says the region can capitalize on its many world class assets.
Strobe Talbott and William Antholis of the Brookings Institution are in Las Vegas Wednesday at UNLV's Brookings Mountain West to speak about their new book Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming. They join us to talk about the increasing threat of climate change.
Bruce Katz from the Brookings Institution tells us how Nevada can rethink its approach to business and innovation and bring Las Vegas out of the recession. And the key factors in creating and sustaining jobs and a strong educated workforce.