Geoffrey Lawrence

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.

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 Presidentís 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.

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