Commentaries

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.

How Republicans can succeed where Democrats have failed: Part II

Pension system is neither sustainable for taxpayers, nor attractive to young workers

November 5, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Not beholden to public-employee unions, Republicans have a chance to reform public pensions.

How Republicans can succeed where Democrats have failed: Part I

Education reform should top the Republican agenda

November 5, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

With Republicans set to assume control of both chambers of the Nevada Legislature — along with all the state’s constitutional offices — parents across Nevada can only wait with bated breath to see if Republicans will move to implement the fundamental reforms Nevada’s K-12 education system needs.

What should “revenue reform” look like?

State tax system could be stabilized and improved with broader consumption tax

November 3, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Any discussion about reforming the structure of Nevada’s tax code should be divorced from the debate over how much in total revenue state officials would like to receive.  In other words, for tax reform to have legs politically, it must be done on a revenue-neutral basis.

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