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Why Big New Taxes Won't Fix Nevada Public Schools

As teacher-union leader Al Shanker explained, the core problem isn't money

May 27, 2014 | by Steven Miller

Money isn’t the real problem with K-12 public education. Albert Shanker, the longtime president of the national American Federation of Teachers, frequently — despite his union job — felt compelled to tell the truth.  For the first time, NPRI put its message in a wholly cartoon format, publishing a slideshow explaining Shanker’s important comments.

LV Metro comps Culinary Union over $195,000 in police costs in 9 months

Simultaneously pushes a tax increase on Clark County residents

May 19, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

Las Vegas Metro for the last year has loudly lobbied public officials for a sales tax increase and — claiming poverty — has even reduced its public law-enforcement activity. All the while, however, the department was also gifting Culinary Union Local 226 with over $195,000 worth of free police services.

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.

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