Geoffrey Lawrence

Would you like a bag for your carpet?

Assembly candidates continue to run in districts where they don't reside

October 28, 2014

There’s a phenomenon emerging in the race to the Nevada Legislature.

Hutchison, Sandoval and the K-12 reform vs. funding debate

Lt. Gov. candidate signals willingness to trade reform for more spending

October 16, 2014

Researchers agree that fundamental changes are needed to improve students outcomes, so why are politicians stuck in the past?

NPRI responds to Vice President’s call in Vegas for a higher minimum wage

October 6, 2014

In response to Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Las Vegas where he argued on behalf of raising the minimum wage, NPRI released the following statement from its Director of Research and Legislative Affairs Geoffrey Lawrence.

Nevada Piglet Book 2014 released!

Five ways government officials in Nevada are wasting your money

October 2, 2014

This year’s edition of the biennial Nevada Piglet Book includes cases of the government playing favorites, excessive vehicle fleets, unaddressed inefficiencies, the ACA implementation saga and many other true stories of Nevada governments wasting residents’ hard-earned money.

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.

Bundy skirmish a flashpoint in larger issue

Federal authorities in open violation of constitutional law

April 22, 2014

Bundy’s situation is merely the latest flashpoint in a growing resentment across the American West of the federal government’s presumptuous and frequently abusive administration of the land. In Nevada, where federal authorities control 87 percent of the land — leaving the people only 13 percent — public resentment toward the federal land imperium is pervasive and bipartisan. 

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