1990s work-comp laws attacked injured-worker costs on all fronts

May 27, 2015

If the Nevada workers’ comp pendulum in the 1980s swung too far into easy money for claimants — ultimately putting the system’s entire financial survival at risk — in the 1990s, that pendulum swung the other way, and frequently with a vengeance.

Governor's new tax plan still has numerous structural, constitutional issues

May 25, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

CARSON CITY – Today, the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees held a joint hearing on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s new tax proposal, which was heard as an amendment to AB464. Sandoval’s tax plan would increase the modified business tax, raise the business license fee and create a new gross receipts tax, called the “commerce” tax.

NPRI executive vice president Victor Joecks offered the following testimony.

Political incentives naturally drove Nevada workers' comp into the ditch

May 20, 2015

Nevada’s workers’ comp system in the early 1990s was facing a near-perfect storm of problems.

State bureaucrats and politicians — as reported previously — had for years been ducking the politically sensitive issue of the State Industrial Insurance System’s (SIIS) growing financial shortfall. And they did so until that shortfall was metastasizing and the system was effectively insolvent.

Five lawmakers will determine if you're hit with the largest tax hike in Nevada history

At least two must stand with taxpayers or Sandoval's tax-hike scheme goes through

May 19, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Whether Gov. Brian Sandoval gets to impose the largest tax increase in state history on Nevadans is going to come down to whether he can induce a handful of lawmakers, who are currently on the fence, to go with him.

Edwards offers alternative to paying more for more of the same in education

Dickman, Titus and Edwards show courage in voting against wasteful spending

May 16, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Today, there were three legislators, Assemblywomen Jill Dickman and Robin Titus and Assemblyman Chris Edwards who took the lead in questioning many wasteful government programs. Taxpayers should be grateful that these three folks also had the courage to vote against a number of these wasteful government programs. 

NPRI praises Knecht-Wheeler alternative budget

May 14, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Policy Research Institute praised Controller Ron Knecht, Assemblyman Jim Wheeler and Assistant Controller Geoffrey Lawrence for creating an alternative budget that eliminates the supposed need for tax hikes.

Scorecard: Only 7 Assembly Republicans seem likely to support Sandoval's $1.3 billion tax hike

Assemblyman provides 'inside baseball' on pressure facing lawmakers in Carson

May 13, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Hickey recently posted two entries on his blog, Soup to Nuts, where he used a baseball motif to do a member-by-member analysis on which Assembly Republicans he believes are on the Governor’s “team” when it comes to passing tax increases. 

CCSD showing its true colors in shed 'controversy'

Demolishing a donated equipment shed? It's just a power grab.

May 12, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

Last week, 8 News Now’s Chris Maathuis reported on the most recent nonsensical controversy in the district that seems to think its purpose is to find new ways to waste money and stifle student achievement.


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