Commentaries

Al Shanker identifies why margin tax wouldn't improve Nevada education

Former union president’s honest assessment of US education hinges on lack of accountability

April 14, 2014 | by Steven Miller

Albert Shanker, the late president of the American Federation of Teachers union, explained the fundamental problem with public schools: Without competition, there’s no incentive for schools to improve. 

Celebrating the Constitution

The long-term benefits of its short-term inefficiencies

April 9, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Long-term success often requires rejecting unsound and merely short-term gains. Recognizing that principle, America’s Founders constructed a system focused on long-term success, and we all today are still enjoying the fruits of their wisdom.

Nevada’s PERS retirees receive highest pension payouts in the nation

Government employees becoming pension millionaires

April 1, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

According to a new study by the American Enterprise Institute, the average full-career public employee in Nevada who retired in 2011 or 2012 will become a “pension millionaire” — someone who receives a million dollars or more in retirement. On average, public retirees in the Silver State receive gold-plated pensions worth $1.33 million. And this doesn’t account for the tens of thousands of dollars in health-care benefits that many retirees receive.

Bankruptcy isn’t a four-letter word

Governor should call special session to enact municipal bankruptcy statute

March 27, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

A municipal bankruptcy statute is urgently needed to allow North Las Vegas to re-emerge from its current state of prolonged insolvency.  Few things should warrant a special session of the legislature, but the pressing need for a municipal bankruptcy statute is one.

The ribbon-cutting you'll never see

When government picks economic winners and losers, it’s a loss for the rule of law

March 20, 2014 | by Steven Miller

For every ribbon-cutting held to announce a government-chosen “winner,” there are numerous government-created losers in the shadows. 

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.

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