Commentaries

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 Nevadaís 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.

Solution of the Week: School Choice

December 9, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

In the realm of education — arguably the most significant area of an individual’s life — most Nevadans have been deprived of choice. Instead, they have been forced into a state-run monopoly.

Top 10 labor reforms for 2015

Steps to a sustainable prosperity

November 25, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Now that Nevada voters have granted them unified control of the legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time in 85 years, Republicans will have a historic opportunity in 2015 to enact policies that will mean better opportunities for Nevadans for generations to come.

The basics of school choice

How Republicans can provide better futures for Nevada students

November 19, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The need for school choice in Nevada is clear.  Empirical research into existing programs of school choice in other states has consistently found that choice leads to improved outcomes for both students who participate in those programs and for students who elect to remain in district-run schools. 

Ready for the next state tax increase battle?

November 12, 2014 | by Ron Knecht

Nevada’s taxation department issued a report Monday listing $2.2-billion in new annual revenues that allegedly could be collected if certain tax exemptions, credits, abatements and preferential tax rates were removed from state law.

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