Geoffrey Lawrence

Geoffrey Lawrence is Nevada's Assistant Controller where he oversees the state's financial reporting and transparency efforts along with Nevada's elected controller, Ron Knecht.  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. Geoffrey previously served as NPRI's Director of Research and Legislative Affairs until December 2014. He holds an M.A. in International Economics from American University in Washington, D.C. and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Accounting from Western Governors University.

Recent Work

Economic freedom is good for the state, too

October 14, 2015

The freedom of individuals to take a job, quit a job, start a business, or close a business at will is an essential part of America.  When Thomas Jefferson wrote that we have a God-given right to "the pursuit of happiness," this is a big part of what he meant. 

Nevada K-12 education policy and spending: Groundhog Day

September 30, 2015

The liberal Washington Post recently reported that: “Scores on the SAT have sunk to the lowest level since the college admission test was overhauled in 2005, adding to worries about student performance in the nation’s high schools.”

Solution of the Week: Charter schools

December 29, 2014

Nevada lawmakers need to create a parent trigger law, allowing parents to transform failing traditional schools into charter schools if a majority of them sign a petition demanding such changes.

Solution of the Week: PERS reform

December 22, 2014

Nevada lawmakers should protect Silver State taxpayers from the open-ended liabilities associated with DB pension plans by adopting pension reform along the lines of Utah’s hybrid system.

Solution of the Week: Collective Bargaining

December 15, 2014

Nevada lawmakers could realize tens of millions in annual cost savings by returning to the state’s original prohibition on government-sector collective bargaining.