Victor Joecks

A new idea for energy: Let markets work

September 1, 2015

Last week, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid had his annual green energy summit. The keynote speaker was President Barack Obama who stated, “For decades we've been told it doesn't make economic sense to switch to renewable energy. Today that's no longer true.”

The choice union members don't know they have

Why employee freedom scares union bosses

August 5, 2015

Have you ever bought a new washer and dryer only to discover that the store down the street sold the same set for $750 less?

Nevada's school choice scholarship program is up and running

Scholarship granting organizations are accepting tax-credit-earning donations and applications

July 29, 2015

The well-deserved national praise for SB302, which created the nation’s best school choice program, has overshadowed the second school-choice program that lawmakers created during the 2015 Legislative Session.

As part of his original education agenda, Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed AB165, the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program, which gives firms tax credits for funding scholarships.

Reforms were stripped out before session's end

Promises to tie spending to reforms and accountability proven false

June 24, 2015

To sell his $1.4 billion tax increase to Republicans in the Assembly and to the general public, Gov. Brian Sandoval promised that unprecedented levels of state spending would be accompanied by reforms and accountability.

During the session, the Nevada Policy Research Institute and courageous lawmakers, like Assemblyman Ira Hansen, asked the obvious question, “Where is the accountability for the money, especially the decades of education-funding increases that we’re already spending?”

Education establishment already setting up the next $1.5 billion tax increase

More education spending is never enough

May 29, 2015

Tomorrow, Saturday at 9 a.m., the Assembly is scheduled to have a hearing on the amended AB464, which is Sandoval’s plan to increase the modified business tax and business license fee and create a gross-receipts tax. Citizens wanting to express their outrage that Sandoval would propose a modified version of the just-defeated margin tax can do so on Saturday at the capitol building in Carson City or at the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 East Washington Ave., in downtown Las Vegas.

Governor's new tax plan still has numerous structural, constitutional issues

May 25, 2015

CARSON CITY – Today, the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees held a joint hearing on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s new tax proposal, which was heard as an amendment to AB464. Sandoval’s tax plan would increase the modified business tax, raise the business license fee and create a new gross receipts tax, called the “commerce” tax.

NPRI executive vice president Victor Joecks offered the following testimony.

Five lawmakers will determine if you're hit with the largest tax hike in Nevada history

At least two must stand with taxpayers or Sandoval's tax-hike scheme goes through

May 19, 2015

Whether Gov. Brian Sandoval gets to impose the largest tax increase in state history on Nevadans is going to come down to whether he can induce a handful of lawmakers, who are currently on the fence, to go with him.

Edwards offers alternative to mindless education spending

Dickman, Titus and Edwards show courage in voting against wasteful spending

May 16, 2015

Today, there were three legislators, Assemblywomen Jill Dickman and Robin Titus and Assemblyman Chris Edwards who took the lead in questioning many wasteful government programs. Taxpayers should be grateful that these three folks also had the courage to vote against a number of these wasteful government programs. 

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