Publications

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.

What to expect from Carson City in 2015

Republican sweep creates new opportunities for policy reforms

January 5, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

The November wave that swept Republicans to victory not only solidified their control of the governor’s mansion but also saw them capture both chambers of the Nevada Legislature for the first time in 85 years.

So now what?

Federal education officials: Nevada can’t charge dad to look at children’s records

Dozens of mistakes identified in now-viewable records

December 30, 2014 | by Karen Gray

Remember the Nevada dad who was told it would cost him over $10,000 to see the records the State of Nevada has on his children, a story first reported by Nevada Journal?

Solution of the Week: Charter schools

December 29, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Nevada lawmakers need to create a parent trigger law, allowing parents to transform failing traditional schools into charter schools if a majority of them sign a petition demanding such changes.

Medicaid expansion pressures Nevada’s poor, doctors, state budget

Addition of 281,000 to state dole creating long waits for doctor openings

December 23, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Medicaid was originally designed to provide a medical safety-net for very low-income Americans, particularly children. Before the ACA expanded eligibility, over half of Medicaid enrollees were children, while individuals who were disabled, blind or aged made up almost a quarter.

In contrast, the vast majority of the new enrollees are healthy adults, who are often childless and generally healthy.

Solution of the Week: PERS reform

December 22, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Nevada lawmakers should protect Silver State taxpayers from the open-ended liabilities associated with DB pension plans by adopting pension reform along the lines of Utah’s hybrid system.

Supreme Court rules in Separation-of-Powers case

December 17, 2014

Nevada’s Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court decision that NPRI’s Separation of Powers lawsuit, Pojunis v. State of Nevada, et al., was mooted by Sen. Mo Denis’ immediate resignation from his position with the Public Utilities Commission.

NPRI seeks summary judgment against Governor's Office of Economic Development

December 16, 2014

The Nevada Policy Research Institute’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation has just filed its motion for summary judgment in its legal challenge to the Nevada Catalyst Fund, administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. 

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