Commentaries

Tax hikers trying to avoid transparency

Sunshine Week shines a spotlight on governments hiding their spending

March 18, 2014 | by Robert Fellner

Las Vegas Metro and Henderson police want more money, but they don’t want taxpayers to see where their current funds are going. In honor of Sunshine Week, NPRI's researcher gives readers an inside look on obtaining public information from some agencies.

Why government shouldn't pick winners and losers in the economy: Vegas-arena edition

City Council considering plan to subsidize private arena developer

March 3, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

History has shown that when government subsidizes businesses, not only do the favored corporations tend to lose, so do taxpayers and legitimate businesses. Yet, that’s exactly what the City of Las Vegas is considering doing in possibly subsidizing a downtown sports arena.

Why NPRI has sued the state

February 24, 2014 | by Andy Matthews

In 2011, under the guise of “economic development,” state lawmakers created the Catalyst Fund, administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, to provide up to $10 million in state tax dollars to private businesses. In response, NPRI’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation has just filed a lawsuit charging that the Catalyst Fund violates Article 8, Sections 9 and 10 of the state constitution.

The Left's new agenda

Minimum wage hikes and unemployment benefits aren’t the key to prosperity

February 10, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The left's new agenda is to smooth income "inequality" by extending unemployment benefits and raising the national minimum wage. But, data shows it is one's decision to work that plays the biggest role in determining one's position on the income scale.

School choice, not a new, oppressive tax, offers students better opportunities

School choice, not a new, oppressive tax, offers students better opportunities

January 28, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

Expanding options for families and students is the way to improve Nevada's education system, not imposing a debilitating tax that will put parents out of work.

Odds for success of PERS plan: roughly 1 in 12 quintillion

Nevada retirees risk seeing their benefits reduced as money runs short

January 15, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Even by lax accounting standards, PERS' unfunded liability stands at $12.9 billion, with a funding level of under 70 percent. Based on its investment return over the past five years, the likelihood that PERS will be fully funded in 2033 is more than 1 in 12 quintillion.

ACA unlikely to reduce emergency care

Key Obamacare rationale proves to be all hype

January 8, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The Affordable Care Act is touted to decrease emergency room costs and visits through expanded health care coverage, but an Oregon study shows the new law is likely to have the opposite effect.

Let's end the backroom deals

Government unions and public officials keep Nevadans needlessly in the dark

December 18, 2013 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Government unions and public officials are needlessly keeping Nevadans in the dark.

New PERS report previews a slow-motion train wreck

Nevada taxpayers on the hook for unfunded liability of over $40 billion

December 4, 2013 | by Victor Joecks

Nevada taxpayers are on the hook for an unfunded liability of over $40 billion.

The great collusion

Nevada’s unionized government workers enjoy premium compensation — to taxpayers’ detriment

December 3, 2013 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Nevada’s unionized government workers enjoy premium compensation — to taxpayers’ detriment.

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