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

The basics of school choice

How Republicans can provide better futures for Nevada students

November 19, 2014

The need for school choice in Nevada is clear.  Empirical research into existing programs of school choice in other states has consistently found that choice leads to improved outcomes for both students who participate in those programs and for students who elect to remain in district-run schools. 

How Republicans can succeed where Democrats failed: Part II

Pension system is neither sustainable for taxpayers, nor attractive to young workers

November 5, 2014

Not beholden to public-employee unions, Republicans have a chance to reform public pensions.

How Republicans can succeed where Democrats failed: Part I

Education reform should top the Republican agenda

November 5, 2014

With Republicans set to assume control of both chambers of the Nevada Legislature — along with all the state’s constitutional offices — parents across Nevada can only wait with bated breath to see if Republicans will move to implement the fundamental reforms Nevada’s K-12 education system needs.

What should “revenue reform” look like?

State tax system could be stabilized and improved with broader consumption tax

November 3, 2014

Any discussion about reforming the structure of Nevada’s tax code should be divorced from the debate over how much in total revenue state officials would like to receive.  In other words, for tax reform to have legs politically, it must be done on a revenue-neutral basis.