Commentaries

Testimony on AB182: Collective bargaining reforms will create a better balance of power

March 25, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

We strongly support AB182. This an excellent bill full of common-sense reforms that will create a better balance of power between taxpayers and elected officials and unionized local government employees.

SB252: Sandoval’s job-killing tax

March 18, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, Gov. Brian Sandoval is going to make a presentation before the Senate Taxation Committee on SB252. That’s his bill to implement a Gross-Receipts Business License Tax, which is a modified version of the margin tax. 

Sandoval to voters in 2014: Help me ‘keep taxes low’

Roberson also touted fighting ‘for tax cuts’ in 2014 election

March 16, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

In campaign materials sent during the 2014 election, Gov. Brian Sandoval told voters that he wanted to “keep taxes low.” After getting elected, he's pushing for the largest tax hike in state history.

At the capital: More details on the excellent labor reforms in AB182

Bill would eliminate evergreen clauses and binding arbitration

March 12, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Assemblyman Randy Kirner’s excellent collective bargaining reform bill, AB182, is scheduled for a hearing in Assembly Commerce and Labor next Monday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Nevada education needs a coherent plan, not a politically expedient spending spree

By Dr. James W. Guthrie

March 12, 2015

By almost any measure, Nevada's education system ranks low, often at the nation’s bottom. Consequently, it makes sense that Gov. Brian Sandoval should elevate education to his topmost priority. Our schools need attention, and the governor desires to improve them. Regrettably, however, his improvement plan falls dramatically short.

Stop the insanity of runaway education spending

Wholesale reform needed to improve Nevada education

March 11, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

Today, the State of Nevada must ask itself whether it should throw more money into trying to fix its broken education system or whether it should replace it with a new-and-improved, functional model that’s working well around the country.

At the capital: SB28 would severely limit the public’s access to government records

SB28 would let government charge you, by page, for sending you records via email

March 4, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

SB28, which is going to be heard on Wednesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Government Affairs, exemplifies this mindset.  Introduced by the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, SB28 would allow government entities to charge public-record requesters for extraordinary use of personal or technology.

At the capital: AB182 contains a host of needed labor reforms

February 26, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Proposed by Assemblyman Randy Kirner, AB182 would enact a number of reforms including prohibiting government entities from collecting dues for union organizations, prohibiting governments from paying union employees to work for their union, excluding management and supervisory employees from collective bargaining and eliminating “evergreen” clauses and mandatory binding arbitration.

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