Policy Studies

Facts and fiction about the unions tax initiative

Answers to the top questions regarding a margin tax

June 27, 2012 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The teachers' union and AFL-CIO have proposed implementing a margin tax in Nevada. This study answers the top questions about how a margin tax would work and reveals how a margin tax would harm Nevada’s economy.

Solutions 2013

A Sourcebook for Nevada Policymakers

March 1, 2012 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Solutions 2013 covers 39 subject areas and is a comprehensive sourcebook for lawmakers, candidates and citizens who are interested in policy solutions. As the name implies, these are the solutions for the issues facing Nevadans — from taxes to education, from energy to labor, from economic development to higher education, and many more.

Reforming Nevada's Public Employees Pension Plan

November 3, 2011 | by Andrew G. Biggs

The true funding health of Nevada PERS is far poorer than most realize. Using fair-market valuation, PERS' funding ratio falls from 70 percent to around 34 percent and its unfunded liabilities would rise from about $10 billion to almost $41 billion.

Transforming Education in Nevada Through High-Quality Digital Learning

Online learning would provide students with much educational options

September 13, 2011 | by Steven Miller , Dan Lips

Digital learning offers schools a chance to multiply the impact of their best teachers, personalize the education experience for each student and do both while spending less. About 1.5 million students around the country are currently enrolled in a digital learning program and that number is growing rapidly both in Nevada and nationwide.

The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session

Review & Report Card

June 28, 2011 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

How did your lawmaker score? NPRI's report card has the answer. Along with a comprehensive recap of the legislative session, this study contains a score of each legislator's voting record. This score is an objective measure to compare how favorable a lawmaker was to economic freedom and education reform.

The Impact of Obamacare on Nevada’s Medicaid Spending

Federal mandates will cost Nevada $5.4 billion in the next decade

Nevada will have to spend an additional $5.4 billion over the next decade to fund the forced expansion of Medicaid required by Obamacare.

Who Really Prevails Under Prevailing Wage?

Nevada governments waste billions in subsidies to union labor

April 20, 2011 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Prevailing wage laws in Nevada undermine competition on the labor market and drive up construction costs borne by state taxpayers

NRS 288

A Law Against Student Learning

March 23, 2011 | by G. Gregory Moo

NRS 288, Nevada's mandatory collective bargaining statute, is a law against student learning.

Better Budgeting for Better Results

Performance-based budgeting reforms can save Nevada taxpayers billions

January 20, 2011 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Changing Nevada's budgeting process to a performance-based approach would maintain or increase levels of government service while saving the state more than $3 billion.

The Nevada Piglet Book 2010

September 30, 2010 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

As the result of hundreds of public records requests, NPRI has uncovered millions of dollars of government waste.

Total Records: 70

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