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.

Nevada local government employees are not underpaid, according to national scholars

April 7, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

LAS VEGAS — A study being distributed by SEIU of Nevada — claiming that the state’s local-government employees receive less compensation than comparable private-sector workers — is fatally flawed, say authors of a major national state-by-state ranking of public employee pay.

Sandoval's Gross Receipts BLT won't improve education

Governor's plan to spend more is deja vu

April 6, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

To pitch his plan for a modified version of the margin tax before the Nevada Legislature, Gov. Brian Sandoval invited former governors Robert List, Richard Bryan and Bob Miller to sit before the Senate and Assembly Taxation Committees, meeting jointly.

Taxpayer cost for PERS balloons to $1.4 billion

System planning to continue raising its costs to taxpayers well into the future

March 30, 2015 | by Robert Fellner

The Nevada Public Employee Retirement System likes to boast that over 80 percent of its members’ benefits are funded through investment earnings, suggesting that there is little cost to taxpayers.

School districts see little-to-no savings on 'green' schools, study shows

March 26, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

LAS VEGAS — The push to build “green” schools is growing in Nevada, but a new study raises questions about the payoff of meeting these costly construction standards.

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