Commentaries

The basics of school choice

How Republicans can provide better futures for Nevada students

November 19, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The need for school choice in Nevada is clear.  Empirical research into existing programs of school choice in other states has consistently found that choice leads to improved outcomes for both students who participate in those programs and for students who elect to remain in district-run schools. 

Ready for the next state tax increase battle?

November 12, 2014 | by Ron Knecht

Nevada’s taxation department issued a report Monday listing $2.2-billion in new annual revenues that allegedly could be collected if certain tax exemptions, credits, abatements and preferential tax rates were removed from state law.

How Republicans can succeed where Democrats have failed: Part II

Pension system is neither sustainable for taxpayers, nor attractive to young workers

November 5, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Not beholden to public-employee unions, Republicans have a chance to reform public pensions.

How Republicans can succeed where Democrats have failed: Part I

Education reform should top the Republican agenda

November 5, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

With Republicans set to assume control of both chambers of the Nevada Legislature — along with all the state’s constitutional offices — parents across Nevada can only wait with bated breath to see if Republicans will move to implement the fundamental reforms Nevada’s K-12 education system needs.

What should “revenue reform” look like?

State tax system could be stabilized and improved with broader consumption tax

November 3, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Any discussion about reforming the structure of Nevada’s tax code should be divorced from the debate over how much in total revenue state officials would like to receive.  In other words, for tax reform to have legs politically, it must be done on a revenue-neutral basis.

Minimum-wage hike is the path to poverty for poor people

October 29, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

Those who wish to raise the minimum wage say they want to help poor people, but a minimum-wage hike is a sure-fire way to keep poor people in poverty.

Would you like a bag for your carpet?

Assembly candidates continue to run in districts where they don't reside

October 28, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

There’s a phenomenon emerging in the race to the Nevada Legislature.

Hutchison, Sandoval and the K-12 reform vs. funding debate

Lt. Gov. candidate signals willingness to trade reform for more spending

October 16, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Researchers agree that fundamental changes are needed to improve students outcomes, so why are politicians stuck in the past?

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