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NPRI: Gov. Sandoval’s proposed business license tax is complex, destructive, unnecessary

January 29, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

CARSON CITY – Responding to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s release of details of his new business-license tax proposal, NPRI executive vice president Victor Joecks issued the following comments:

As part of his push for the largest tax increase in Nevada history, Gov. Sandoval is unfortunately trying to subject all Nevada businesses to a destructive new gross receipts tax. His proposal is a modified version of the margin tax that voters rejected last fall by a massive 4-to-1 margin

PERS response to NPRI pension study confirms accuracy of NPRI’s study

January 28, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Last week, my colleague Robert Fellner and I released a study that compared the pensions of recent full-career government employee retirees with their final year of base pay.

Solution of the Week: Online learning

January 28, 2015

Online educational platforms have the potential to drastically alter traditional education paradigms by allowing students to engage in a highly personalized course of instruction and to work at their own pace. Online platforms also improve students’ access to the world’s most talented educators, regardless of their place of residence.

Pensions in Nevada are often better than paychecks, new analysis shows

January 23, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

LAS VEGAS — Many of Nevada’s public employees are retiring in the lap of luxury, according to a new analysis by the Nevada Policy Research Institute.

Retiring in the lap of luxury

Nevada government pensions are often better than paychecks

January 22, 2015 | by Victor Joecks , Robert Fellner

This analysis examines 10 of Nevada’s largest government agencies and compares the full-year equivalent 2013 retirement payouts of 2011-2013 retirees who had 30 years of service or more with their final-year base pay.

Solution of the week: Alternative teacher certification

January 19, 2015

Traditional licensure has no bearing on student achievement.

Solution of the week: Tax reform

January 12, 2015

For decades, Nevada lawmakers have discussed the possibility of tax “reform.” Indeed, they have commissioned a growing library of studies to examine tax-reform possibilities — only to later ignore the recommendations of those studies.

Expert critics of Common Core to face NDE officials in unique public events

Forums designed to give lawmakers, parents, teachers the chance to learn and ask questions

January 9, 2015 | by Karen Gray

Two nationally recognized educators — both critics of the controversial Common Core State Standards — are scheduled to participate next week with representatives of the Nevada Department of Education in two public examinations of the pros and cons of Common Core.

Solution of the week: Transparent collective bargaining

January 7, 2015

Nevada’s local governments are to engage in collective bargaining with union officials, it should be officially recognized that these proceedings are an important element of the people’s business, as employee compensation constitutes the bulk of local-government spending.

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