Bankruptcy isn’t a four-letter word

Governor should call special session to enact municipal bankruptcy statute

March 27, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

A municipal bankruptcy statute is urgently needed to allow North Las Vegas to re-emerge from its current state of prolonged insolvency.  Few things should warrant a special session of the legislature, but the pressing need for a municipal bankruptcy statute is one.

Small business owner: Margin tax would impose 32% marginal tax rate

Threat of hefty tax offers new incentive to keep revenues low

March 25, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

A long-time, small business owner speaks about how the margin tax would affect his business and others. Were it to pass, he estimates it could cause some businesses to scale back.

NPRI opposes CCSD attempt to stall lawsuit seeking public-records transparency

March 24, 2014

At the Nevada Supreme Court today, the Nevada Policy Research Institute filed an Opposition to the Clark County School District’s second motion to extend the period the Court had set for CCSD to respond to NPRI’s demand that it follow the Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA).

The ribbon-cutting you'll never see

When government picks economic winners and losers, it’s a loss for the rule of law

March 20, 2014 | by Steven Miller

For every ribbon-cutting held to announce a government-chosen “winner,” there are numerous government-created losers in the shadows. 

Tax hikers trying to avoid transparency

Sunshine Week shines a spotlight on governments hiding their spending

March 18, 2014 | by Robert Fellner

Las Vegas Metro and Henderson police want more money, but they don’t want taxpayers to see where their current funds are going. In honor of Sunshine Week, NPRI's researcher gives readers an inside look on obtaining public information from some agencies.

February PERS payouts now available on TransparentNevada

99% of amounts the same or higher than January payouts

March 12, 2014

The second month of pension payout data released by Nevada PERS is now online and searchable at, the Nevada Policy Research Institute announced today. Retiree payouts for February 2014 have been combined with January amounts and provide an even more complete picture of what retirees are making.

Why government shouldn't pick winners and losers in the economy: Vegas-arena edition

City Council considering plan to subsidize private arena developer

March 3, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

History has shown that when government subsidizes businesses, not only do the favored corporations tend to lose, so do taxpayers and legitimate businesses. Yet, that’s exactly what the City of Las Vegas is considering doing in possibly subsidizing a downtown sports arena.

Why NPRI has sued the state

February 24, 2014 | by Andy Matthews

In 2011, under the guise of “economic development,” state lawmakers created the Catalyst Fund, administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, to provide up to $10 million in state tax dollars to private businesses. In response, NPRI’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation has just filed a lawsuit charging that the Catalyst Fund violates Article 8, Sections 9 and 10 of the state constitution.

The actual history of Nevada's ban on state gifts to private companies

February 20, 2014 | by Karen Gray

After voters overwhelmingly voted to maintain the Nevada Constitution's ban on state monetary gifts to private companies, the Governor's Office of Economic Development devised a round-about way to offer government subsidies to private companies.

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