Unionsí grip on Carson City

How public-sector unions prevent lawmakers from leading

February 10, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

The most powerful people in local government are not elected officials.

Nor are they selected by voters.

Nor are the names of these politically formidable individuals even known by most members of the public.

The most powerful individuals in local governments are the officials of local government employee unions.

At the capital: A two-faced bill on school construction

February 4, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Today, February 4, the Senate Committee on Government Affairs will hold a hearing on SB 119, introduced by Sens. Ben Kieckhefer and Becky Harris.

PERS releases Social Security numbers of over 100 retired and current judges

February 3, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

In an apparent attempt to skirt Nevada’s transparency laws, the Nevada Public Employees’ Retirement System has released the Social Security numbers and other identifying information of over 100 current and retired Silver State judges.

Sandoval's tax hike higher than reported

Proposal for largest tax increase in state history would rival projected margin tax collections

February 3, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Nevada’s nonpartisan Legislative Counsel Bureau has created a spreadsheet examining the tax increases proposed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, and it finds that the tax package desired by Gov. Sandoval tops $1.3 billion.

At the capital: Nevada's Legislative Groundhog Day

February 2, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

NPRI’s Executive Vice President Victor Joecks has relocated to Carson City so the Institute can have a full-time presence during the 78th Legislative Session. Over the next four months, he will provide regular updates and insights into what’s happening there so you can stay informed about the things that affect your family most.

In his first update, Joecks explains how the convening of the Legislature is a lot like Groundhog Day.

NPRI: Gov. Sandovalís 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 NPRIís 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.

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