NPRI's Recommendations for Cost-Cutting and Reform

By Geoffrey Lawrence, Patrick R. Gibbons
  • Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Introduction 

Nevada state government is now experiencing the doldrums from long-misguided policy measures. These overly casual approaches to governance have left taxpayers unnecessarily exposed to the possibility of tax increases at a time when they are least able to afford them. It is time for state policymakers to abandon the idea of increasing taxes to continue funding these failed policy measures. Rather, they should undertake the more difficult task of implementing meaningful structural reforms that will safeguard Nevada's taxpayers from crises similar to the current budget shortfall in the future.

To do so, policymakers would need to enact sweeping reforms that transform how state government conducts its business. These reforms should force government to operate more in the way that private enterprise operates. Reforms should expose state government agencies and their workers to market forces and incentives.
 

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