Commentaries

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.

NVPERS: unfair for taxpayers and retirees

Reform Nevada’s public pension system into a 21st Century model that works

February 19, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

Liberals are supposedly all about “fairness.”

So, it’s particularly confusing that those same liberals champion a retirement system that, by design, leaves its members with seriously inequitable outcomes.

Nevada’s going to the dogs, and that’s a good thing

How a bill to allow dogs in bars offers a lesson on free markets

February 18, 2015 | by Chantal Lovell

In the midst of hearing bills that would reform the state’s pension system, eliminate prevailing wage requirements for school construction projects, and allow school boards to raise property taxes without a vote of the people, one committee heard a bill that would allow dogs in bars.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. James Settelmeyer (R-Minden), may seem trivial at first, but on second look, it’s anything but.

At the capital: School choice gets its day at the Legislature

Opportunity scholarship bill would benefit students and businesses

February 17, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

One of the most exciting reforms on the agenda at the Legislature is school choice. Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18 at 3:15 p.m., the Assembly Education Committee will hear AB165.One of the most exciting reforms on the agenda at the Legislature is school choice. Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18 at 3:15 p.m., the Assembly Education Committee will hear AB165.

Unions’ grip on Carson City

How public-sector unions prevent lawmakers from leading

February 10, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

The most powerful people in local government are not elected officials.

Nor are they selected by voters.

Nor are the names of these politically formidable individuals even known by most members of the public.

The most powerful individuals in local governments are the officials of local government employee unions.

At the capital: A two-faced bill on school construction

February 4, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Today, February 4, the Senate Committee on Government Affairs will hold a hearing on SB 119, introduced by Sens. Ben Kieckhefer and Becky Harris.

Sandoval's tax hike higher than reported

Proposal for largest tax increase in state history would rival projected margin tax collections

February 3, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

Nevada’s nonpartisan Legislative Counsel Bureau has created a spreadsheet examining the tax increases proposed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, and it finds that the tax package desired by Gov. Sandoval tops $1.3 billion.

At the capital: Nevada's Legislative Groundhog Day

February 2, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

NPRI’s Executive Vice President Victor Joecks has relocated to Carson City so the Institute can have a full-time presence during the 78th Legislative Session. Over the next four months, he will provide regular updates and insights into what’s happening there so you can stay informed about the things that affect your family most.

In his first update, Joecks explains how the convening of the Legislature is a lot like Groundhog Day.

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