Commentaries

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.

Solution of the Week: Online learning

January 28, 2015

Online educational platforms have the potential to drastically alter traditional education paradigms by allowing students to engage in a highly personalized course of instruction and to work at their own pace. Online platforms also improve students’ access to the world’s most talented educators, regardless of their place of residence.

Solution of the week: Alternative teacher certification

January 19, 2015

Traditional licensure has no bearing on student achievement.

Solution of the week: Tax reform

January 12, 2015

For decades, Nevada lawmakers have discussed the possibility of tax “reform.” Indeed, they have commissioned a growing library of studies to examine tax-reform possibilities — only to later ignore the recommendations of those studies.

Solution of the week: Transparent collective bargaining

January 7, 2015

Nevada’s local governments are to engage in collective bargaining with union officials, it should be officially recognized that these proceedings are an important element of the people’s business, as employee compensation constitutes the bulk of local-government spending.

What to expect from Carson City in 2015

Republican sweep creates new opportunities for policy reforms

January 5, 2015 | by Victor Joecks

The November wave that swept Republicans to victory not only solidified their control of the governor’s mansion but also saw them capture both chambers of the Nevada Legislature for the first time in 85 years.

So now what?

Solution of the Week: Charter schools

December 29, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Nevada lawmakers need to create a parent trigger law, allowing parents to transform failing traditional schools into charter schools if a majority of them sign a petition demanding such changes.

Medicaid expansion pressures Nevada’s poor, doctors, state budget

Addition of 281,000 to state dole creating long waits for doctor openings

December 23, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Medicaid was originally designed to provide a medical safety-net for very low-income Americans, particularly children. Before the ACA expanded eligibility, over half of Medicaid enrollees were children, while individuals who were disabled, blind or aged made up almost a quarter.

In contrast, the vast majority of the new enrollees are healthy adults, who are often childless and generally healthy.

Solution of the Week: PERS reform

December 22, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Nevada lawmakers should protect Silver State taxpayers from the open-ended liabilities associated with DB pension plans by adopting pension reform along the lines of Utah’s hybrid system.

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