Commentaries

Unpopular margin tax campaign financed almost entirely by Nevada teachers

Finance reports show union, few others, contributed to ballot initiative

June 18, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

Campaign finance reports reveal that almost all funding to support the proposed margin tax has come from Nevada teachers.

Overlooked problem with the margin tax

“Affiliated group” language could be devastating for Nevada businesses

June 12, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Key language in the proposed margin tax might force firms to file taxes jointly with firms that they have never done business.  A business owner may not even know the business owners with whom the tax would force them to file jointly, should the tax become law.

New Clark County teachers don’t have to join CCEA

Educators will save over $770 if they don’t obligate themselves to union membership

June 2, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

New teachers with the Clark County School District don't have to join the teacher union.

Between July 1 and 15, Nevada teachers can opt out of union membership

Two-week window gives teachers chance to save $600 to $770+ a year

June 2, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Between July 1 and July 15, Nevada teachers can opt out of union membership. The two-week window gives teachers a chance to save $600 to $770+ a year.

Why Big New Taxes Won't Fix Nevada Public Schools

As teacher-union leader Al Shanker explained, the core problem isn't money

May 27, 2014 | by Steven Miller

Money isn’t the real problem with K-12 public education. Albert Shanker, the longtime president of the national American Federation of Teachers, frequently — despite his union job — felt compelled to tell the truth.  For the first time, NPRI put its message in a wholly cartoon format, publishing a slideshow explaining Shanker’s important comments.

Why teachers are leaving the teacher union

Membership has fallen to just 60% of NV teachers

May 19, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Membership in Nevada’s teacher unions is dropping, in part because of NPRI’s effort to let teachers know they can drop membership.

An Affiliated Nightmare: Part II

Could language in the margin tax send innocent Nevadans to federal prison?

May 7, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

In addition to forcing separate companies to file joint taxes if they share a single, minority owner, the margin tax could also implicate innocent business owners under federal racketeering laws. This is the second of a two-part series exploring the ramifications of the initiative’s broad language.

An affiliated nightmare: Part I

A key definition in the margin-tax scheme would have catastrophic impact

May 6, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The wording of the proposed margin tax is so vague that it could force companies that have only minority owners in common to file taxes jointly. This is the first of a two-part series exploring the ramifications of the initiative’s broad language.

North Las Vegas and Henderson plagued by the same problem

Collective bargaining prevents local governments from reigning in outlandish employee compensation

April 30, 2014 | by Victor Joecks , Robert Fellner

North Las Vegas and Henderson might seem like polar opposites, but under the surface, both face the same problem: The State of Nevada’s collective bargaining mandate for local governments severely restricts their ability to reduce or even limit employee compensation increases.

Bundy skirmish a flashpoint in larger issue

Federal authorities in open violation of constitutional law

April 22, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Bundy’s situation is merely the latest flashpoint in a growing resentment across the American West of the federal government’s presumptuous and frequently abusive administration of the land. In Nevada, where federal authorities control 87 percent of the land — leaving the people only 13 percent — public resentment toward the federal land imperium is pervasive and bipartisan. 

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