Commentaries

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.

Solution of the Week: Collective Bargaining

December 15, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Nevada lawmakers could realize tens of millions in annual cost savings by returning to the state’s original prohibition on government-sector collective bargaining.

Why PERS reform is imperative in 2 charts

And reforms lawmakers should consider

December 10, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada has a huge math problem: It’s promised to pay around $40 billion more in benefits than it currently has, even after including reasonable returns from its investment.

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