Victor Joecks

Testimony on SB119: NPRI-proposed compromise would eliminate prevailing wage on school construction, limit bond rollover to 2 years

Submitted by Victor Joecks, Nevada Policy Research Institute

February 26, 2015

Prevailing wage requirements in Nevada add a 45 percent premium to labor costs and removing this requirement saves 10 to 15 percent on construction.  And to clarify, this bill would lower wage rates from $35 to $55 an hour to $25 to $40 an hour, which is a wage rate that would put construction workers above the median household income.

Testimony on SB94: making transferable film tax credit handouts permanent a loser for taxpayers

Submitted by Victor Joecks, Nevada Policy Research Institute

February 23, 2015

I’m here today to detail some of the negative impacts similar transferable film tax credit programs have had in states around the country.

At the capital: School choice gets its day at the Legislature

Opportunity scholarship bill would benefit students and businesses

February 17, 2015

One of the most exciting reforms on the agenda at the Legislature is school choice. Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18 at 3:15 p.m., the Assembly Education Committee will hear AB165.One of the most exciting reforms on the agenda at the Legislature is school choice. Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18 at 3:15 p.m., the Assembly Education Committee will hear AB165.

Unions' grip on Carson City

How public-sector unions prevent lawmakers from leading

February 10, 2015

The most powerful people in local government are not elected officials.

Nor are they selected by voters.

Nor are the names of these politically formidable individuals even known by most members of the public.

The most powerful individuals in local governments are the officials of local government employee unions.

Testimony on SB 119

Submitted by Victor Joecks, Nevada Policy Research Institute

February 4, 2015

SB 119 contains two separate provisions: An excellent repeal of prevailing wage requirements for school and university construction and a massive property tax increase without voter approval.

 

At the capital: A two-faced bill on school construction

February 4, 2015

Today, February 4, the Senate Committee on Government Affairs will hold a hearing on SB 119, introduced by Sens. Ben Kieckhefer and Becky Harris.

Sandoval's tax hike higher than reported

Proposal for largest tax increase in state history would rival projected margin tax collections

February 3, 2015

Nevada’s nonpartisan Legislative Counsel Bureau has created a spreadsheet examining the tax increases proposed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, and it finds that the tax package desired by Gov. Sandoval tops $1.3 billion.

At the capital: Nevada's Legislative Groundhog Day

February 2, 2015

NPRI’s Executive Vice President Victor Joecks has relocated to Carson City so the Institute can have a full-time presence during the 78th Legislative Session. Over the next four months, he will provide regular updates and insights into what’s happening there so you can stay informed about the things that affect your family most.

In his first update, Joecks explains how the convening of the Legislature is a lot like Groundhog Day.

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