Geoffrey Lawrence

Director of Research and Legislative Affairs

Geoffrey Lawrence is the Director of Research and Legislative Affairs at NPRI. Geoffrey is a frequent commentator on public policy in print, radio and television news in Nevada and his work appears regularly in publications around the state and the nation. He is noted for having developed comprehensive proposals for reform of the state revenue structure, budgeting methods and spending habits.


Recent Work

Margin tax would cause destruction of 3,600+ private-sector jobs

New dynamic, general-equilibrium analysis simulates impact of tax proposal

August 25, 2014

Although much has been said about the proposed margin tax on businesses that will appear as Question 3 on November’s ballot, there is a shocking lack of clarity about the actual impact of the tax on Nevada’s economy.

33 ways to improve Nevada education without spending more

Reallocating existing education dollars could produce dramatically better Silver State school performance with no net increase in spending

July 8, 2014

There are dozens of ways to increase student achievement in Nevada without enacting job-killing tax increases or even spending one dollar more, finds a new study from the Nevada Policy Research Institute.

Overlooked problem with the margin tax

“Affiliated group” language could be devastating for Nevada businesses

June 12, 2014

Key language in the proposed margin tax might force firms to file taxes jointly with firms that they have never done business.  A business owner may not even know the business owners with whom the tax would force them to file jointly, should the tax become law.

An Affiliated Nightmare: Part II

Could language in the margin tax send innocent Nevadans to federal prison?

May 7, 2014

In addition to forcing separate companies to file joint taxes if they share a single, minority owner, the margin tax could also implicate innocent business owners under federal racketeering laws. This is the second of a two-part series exploring the ramifications of the initiative’s broad language.

An Affiliated Nightmare: Part I

A key definition in the margin-tax scheme would have catastrophic impact

May 6, 2014

The wording of the proposed margin tax is so vague that it could force companies that have only minority owners in common to file taxes jointly. This is the first of a two-part series exploring the ramifications of the initiative’s broad language.