Policy Studies

The 2009 Nevada Legislative Session

Review & Report Card

September 24, 2009 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

How did Nevada lawmakers address the state's mounting economic challenges in 2009? By imposing the largest series of tax increases in state history.

Nevada’s Freedom Budget 2009-2011

The Road to Recovery

April 30, 2009 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

A line-by-line Nevada budget based on principle and priorities. Cost to taxpayers over two years: $5.1 billion.

Funding Fantasies

Nevada K-12 education spends more than you think

April 29, 2009 | by Patrick R. Gibbons

In the debate over Nevada's education funding, a fundamental question remains: How much are Silver State taxpayers actually spending on the education of their youth?

Failure Is No Longer an Option

Florida’s Decade of Education Improvement Proves Reform Works

Florida has experienced a significant increase in student achievement over the past 10 years, while Nevada's educational performance during that same time has remained relatively flat. Nevada could replicate Florida's success by implementing similar measures.

Tax Dollar Performance in Nevada

A Quantitative Analysis of the Effectiveness of Government Spending in the Silver State

February 24, 2009 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Quantitative analyses suggest that tax dollars are being spent quite ineffectively in the Silver State.

Rolling the Dice on the Taxpayers’ Dime

January 29, 2009 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Nevada's redevelopment agencies spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing private developers, which increases the tax burden on citizens and fosters corruption. There is a better way to encourage redevelopment.

Choosing to Save

The Fiscal Impact of Education Tax Credits on the State of Nevada

January 12, 2009 | by Andrew J. Coulson

Good ideas save money or improve service. Great ideas save money and improve service.  Nevada lawmakers could do both by implementing a large‐scale education tax credit program.

NPRI's Recommendations for Cost-Cutting and Reform

In the face of today's fiscal challenges, Nevada policymakers must recognize the need to enact sweeping reforms that transform how state government conducts its business.

The Nevada Piglet Book 2008

September 23, 2008 | by Louis Dezseran , Steven Miller

Open-records requests made of state agencies and local governments around Nevada reveal that wasteful government spending is rampant throughout the Silver State. 

Quality & Quantity

Nevada's Educational Challenges

May 7, 2008 | by Matthew Ladner

By embracing school choice, Nevada can duplicate the success of neighboring Arizona in addressing the biggest challenges facing K-12 education.

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