Geoffrey Lawrence

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.

Solution of the Week: School Choice

December 9, 2014

In the realm of education — arguably the most significant area of an individual’s life — most Nevadans have been deprived of choice. Instead, they have been forced into a state-run monopoly.

Top 10 labor reforms for 2015

Steps to a sustainable prosperity

November 25, 2014

Now that Nevada voters have granted them unified control of the legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time in 85 years, Republicans will have a historic opportunity in 2015 to enact policies that will mean better opportunities for Nevadans for generations to come.

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.

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