Commentaries

NPRI's case against federal government gains allies, national attention

July 2, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Nevada Policy Research Institute’s lawsuit on behalf of Victor Fuentes is gaining national attention, with two nonprofits jointly filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States this week. 

More than money needed to fix education

July 1, 2015

Nevada’s 2015 legislative session was dubbed “the education session” by some people, and there were major changes in our K-12 system. Yet, despite much talk about Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposals, the most significant reform was not one he proposed.

First glimpse of eligibility requirements for ESA program released

Treasurer suggests way for private and homeschooled students to participate

June 30, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

Editor's note: The Treasurer's office released the following initial guidelines on the state's new Education Savings Accounts (ESA) program. The guidelines offer the first glimpse at eligibility requirements for current private and homeschooled students. The Nevada Policy Research Institute will continue to help parents and schools understand ESAs and answer any questions they have.   

Reforms were stripped out before sessionís end

Promises to tie spending to reforms and accountability proven false

June 24, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

To sell his $1.4 billion tax increase to Republicans in the Assembly and to the general public, Gov. Brian Sandoval promised that unprecedented levels of state spending would be accompanied by reforms and accountability.

During the session, the Nevada Policy Research Institute and courageous lawmakers, like Assemblyman Ira Hansen, asked the obvious question, “Where is the accountability for the money, especially the decades of education-funding increases that we’re already spending?”

How Nevada can finally fix its failing schools

June 18, 2015

The following is the essay submitted by Ryan Everson as part of his application for the Professor R.S. Nigam & NPRI Freedom Scholarship. Ryan, who will attend Arizona State University this fall, received the scholarship for his outstanding argument for school choice, as well as his many academic and community achievements. To learn more about Ryan and the annual scholarship, please click here.

Chance for Nevada teachers to get a raise is coming soon

Union opt-out period is from July 1-15

June 3, 2015

In a matter of weeks, Nevada teachers will get an opportunity that comes but once a year and is a secret to many of them.

From July 1 to July 15, teachers may take a step to increase their annual pay by hundreds of dollars a year and gain more freedom in their careers. The best part? It takes just moments for them to do this.

Learning the minimum wage lesson

Nevada doesn't have to learn the hard way when it comes to raising the minimum wage

June 3, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

It’s always nice when we can learn from someone else’s mistakes before they become our own.

Seattle didn’t have this luxury when its city council voted last year to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it the municipality with the highest minimum wage in the country.

Education establishment already setting up the next $1.5 billion tax increase

More education spending is never enough

May 29, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Tomorrow, Saturday at 9 a.m., the Assembly is scheduled to have a hearing on the amended AB464, which is Sandoval’s plan to increase the modified business tax and business license fee and create a gross-receipts tax. Citizens wanting to express their outrage that Sandoval would propose a modified version of the just-defeated margin tax can do so on Saturday at the capitol building in Carson City or at the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 East Washington Ave., in downtown Las Vegas.

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.

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