Publications

Why teachers are leaving the teacher union

Membership has fallen to just 60% of NV teachers

May 19, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Membership in Nevada’s teacher unions is dropping, in part because of NPRI’s effort to let teachers know they can drop membership.

Firm auditing NVPERS pays $35 million settlement for not detecting 20-year-long Illinois embezzlement

City comptroller stole nearly $54 million from city, bought ranch, 400 horses

May 14, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

The annual independent audit of the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System’s financials will be conducted by a firm that recently agreed to pay a city in Illinois $35 million after it failed to notice that the city’s comptroller had embezzled nearly $54 million from taxpayers over the 20 years during which the firm was conducting independent audits.

NLRB finds Culinary Union threatens, attempts to intimidate non-union workers

Judge orders Culinary Union to publicly pledge it will not “threaten” workers

May 13, 2014 | by Steven Miller

LAS VEGAS — For the second time in a year, a Las Vegas resort-industry union — this time the powerful Culinary Union Local 226 — has been found guilty of violating federal labor law with threats and attempts to intimidate non-union workers on the Strip.

An Affiliated Nightmare: Part II

Could language in the margin tax send innocent Nevadans to federal prison?

May 7, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

In addition to forcing separate companies to file joint taxes if they share a single, minority owner, the margin tax could also implicate innocent business owners under federal racketeering laws. This is the second of a two-part series exploring the ramifications of the initiative’s broad language.

An affiliated nightmare: Part I

A key definition in the margin-tax scheme would have catastrophic impact

May 6, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The wording of the proposed margin tax is so vague that it could force companies that have only minority owners in common to file taxes jointly. This is the first of a two-part series exploring the ramifications of the initiative’s broad language.

NPRI comments on AFL-CIO opposing margin tax

May 2, 2014

In response to the report that Nevada’s AFL-CIO has just voted to oppose November’s margin-tax ballot measure, according to political commentator Jon Ralston, NPRI President Andy Matthews released the following statement: NPRI applauds the AFL-CIO for publicly detailing how economically destructive the margin tax would be to Nevada’s still struggling economy.

North Las Vegas and Henderson plagued by the same problem

Collective bargaining prevents local governments from reigning in outlandish employee compensation

April 30, 2014 | by Victor Joecks , Robert Fellner

North Las Vegas and Henderson might seem like polar opposites, but under the surface, both face the same problem: The State of Nevada’s collective bargaining mandate for local governments severely restricts their ability to reduce or even limit employee compensation increases.

Margin tax could mean the death of long-time Las Vegas construction firm

Owner sees tax forcing her to shut down, lay off 70 employees

April 28, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

A Nevada business owner says the margin tax could put her long-time construction company out of business if it passes.

Dad told seeing state's records on his kids will cost him $10 grand+

Over 800 data points now collected on each Nevada public, charter school student

April 24, 2014 | by Karen Gray

LAS VEGAS — Would you like to see the information the State of Nevada is keeping on your child?

You may have to take out a loan.

The State Department of Education recently notified one Washoe County parent it would cost him more than $10,000.

When John Eppolito, a parent of four, asked to view the information the state is warehousing on his children, he was informed that "the Department’s Director of Information Technology… has estimated that the cost will be approximately $10,194."

Bundy skirmish a flashpoint in larger issue

Federal authorities in open violation of constitutional law

April 22, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Bundy’s situation is merely the latest flashpoint in a growing resentment across the American West of the federal government’s presumptuous and frequently abusive administration of the land. In Nevada, where federal authorities control 87 percent of the land — leaving the people only 13 percent — public resentment toward the federal land imperium is pervasive and bipartisan. 

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