Andy Matthews is the president of NPRI and has been with the Institute since February 2007. Andy is the fourth president in NPRI's history. He joined NPRI in February 2007 as its communications director and became a vice president at the Institute in 2008.
The teachers union is seeking to reduce economic growth at one of the worst possible times — when tens of thousands of Nevadans are underemployed or unemployed and struggling to support their families. While the numbers of projected job and business loss speak for themselves, the personal stories of those who will be impacted by the margin tax are also important to tell.
When you work in the think-tank world, where days are consumed with analyzing policy, keeping tabs on the government and promoting transparency, encounters with 16, 17 and 18 year olds can be rare.
It’s not that we don’t want teens to spend their Friday and Saturday nights reading about outrageous and out-of-control government spending in our Piglet Book, or about our efforts to combat the state’s disregard for its own constitution, or our solutions to Nevada’s economic and educational challenges. We know those things are of value to everyone, whether they be 18 or 80.
But the reality is that high school seniors, particularly this time of year, have a lot of other things to worry about — like getting into college and finding a way to pay for it. For the past three years, we’ve been fortunate enough to help make the latter task a little easier for students in Clark County by offering The Professor R.S. Nigam & NPRI Freedom Scholarship.
Just days after it was filed, NPRI’s lawsuit against the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is already making a difference. The City of Reno decided to hold off on awarding state money to a private company upon learning of the suit, which alleges the Nevada Catalyst Fund is unconstitutional.
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.