Victor Joecks

Executive Vice President

vj@npri.org

Victor Joecks is executive vice president at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and oversees the execution of NPRI's strategic plan and policy initiatives. He joined the Institute in 2009 and previously served as its communication director. Under his leadership, NPRI obtained record amounts of state and national media coverage.


Recent Work

At the capital: SB28 would severely limit the public’s access to government records

SB28 would let government charge you, by page, for sending you records via email

March 4, 2015

SB28, which is going to be heard on Wednesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Government Affairs, exemplifies this mindset.  Introduced by the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities, SB28 would allow government entities to charge public-record requesters for extraordinary use of personal or technology.

NPRI testimony on Gov. Sandoval’s education spending plan

Submitted by Victor Joecks, Nevada Policy Research Institute

February 27, 2015

I was glad last week to hear Sen. Michael Roberson address what should be the most obvious question: Why has decades of spending increases not led to increases in student achievement?

At the capital: AB182 contains a host of needed labor reforms

February 26, 2015

Proposed by Assemblyman Randy Kirner, AB182 would enact a number of reforms including prohibiting government entities from collecting dues for union organizations, prohibiting governments from paying union employees to work for their union, excluding management and supervisory employees from collective bargaining and eliminating “evergreen” clauses and mandatory binding arbitration.

Testimony on SB119: NPRI-proposed compromise would eliminate prevailing wage on school construction, limit bond rollover to 2 years

Submitted by Victor Joecks, Nevada Policy Research Institute

February 26, 2015

Prevailing wage requirements in Nevada add a 45 percent premium to labor costs and removing this requirement saves 10 to 15 percent on construction.  And to clarify, this bill would lower wage rates from $35 to $55 an hour to $25 to $40 an hour, which is a wage rate that would put construction workers above the median household income.