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At the capital: SB411: School districts want another tax increase for construction

May 6, 2015

SB411 sponsored by Sen. Debbie Smith, is the perfect example of this. Earlier this year, the Legislature passed an over $3 billion property tax for school construction. The Legislature authorized school districts to impose this property tax increase without getting voter approval despite voters being promised that any extension of the property tax would require a vote of the people.SB411 sponsored by Sen. Debbie Smith, is the perfect example of this. Earlier this year, the Legislature passed an over $3 billion property tax for school construction. The Legislature authorized school districts to impose this property tax increase without getting voter approval despite voters being promised that any extension of the property tax would require a vote of the people.

America’s best school choice program awaits action in State Senate Finance Committee

Bill would solve the state’s long-running K-12 problems

May 5, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

As of New Year’s Day, 24 states and Washington, D.C., were running 51 school choice programs. Within the next four months, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Nevada have all enacted new school choice programs.

Energy regulations to kill thousands of Nevada jobs

So-called ‘renewable’ and ‘clean’ energy mandates driving up energy prices

April 27, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

In the coming years, Nevada’s destructive energy policy will become an unavoidable reality for over 2,600 hard-working Nevada residents and harder to ignore for all rate payers. That’s thanks to Senate Bill 123, a law passed by the 2013 Legislature ordering the Silver State’s energy provider, NV Energy, to close down its remaining coal-fired power plants by 2020.

Raising the minimum wage in Nevada would hurt workers

Removal of daily overtime requirement is great, but combined with job-killing minimum-wage increase

April 22, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

As it is currently written, we oppose SB193. We do strongly support the removal of the daily overtime requirement, but not when combined with an increase in the minimum wage. This increase in the minimum wage would be harmful for entry-level and low-skill workers.

NPRI comments on Senate passage of Sandoval's tax

April 21, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

LAS VEGAS — Responding to the Nevada Senate’s passage today of Senate Bill 252 to create a Gross-Receipts Business License Tax, the Nevada Policy Research Institute’s Executive Vice President Victor Joecks issued the following comments:

Green schools not right for Nevada

As districts begin to build new schools, they should focus on kids, not environmental activists

April 16, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

New school buildings are coming to Nevada, and if recent years are any indication, the push to build those schools to “green” standards will be as strong as the push that led lawmakers to authorize 10 additional years of bonding without voter approval to fund the construction of those schools.

NPRI hails passage of Opportunity Scholarships

April 13, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Policy Research Institute is applauding Gov. Brian Sandoval for signing into law Assembly Bill 165, legislation creating of the state’s first Opportunity Scholarships, a school choice measure for which the Institute has long advocated.

Abandoning coal in NV will cost Nevada

April 9, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

LAS VEGAS — Thousands of working Nevadans will be left jobless and energy customers will see their bills skyrocket as Nevada implements a two-year-old law requiring NV Energy to shut down its coal-fired power plants by 2020 and shift to renewable sources.

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