SB26 Testimony

Daniel Honchariw

Testimony in Support re: Senate Bill 26 – Senate Government Affairs Committee
Tuesday, April 2, 2019


My name is Daniel Honchariw. I represent the Nevada Policy Research Institute as its senior policy analyst and registered lobbyist.

NPRI supports SB26 because it represents a step in the right direction. However, we do not believe this bill goes far enough. Exempting a mere 8.3% of the ending-fund-balance from consideration in the arbitration process is certainly better than exempting nothing, but it virtually guarantees more financial hardship in the years ahead for school districts who seem always to be dealing with “budget cuts” following collective-bargaining negotiations.

That fact notwithstanding, this bill will marginally benefit the financial health of school districts and deserves to be supported. Better policy, however, would exempt at least 25% of a school district’s ending-fund-balance from consideration during the arbitration process.

Daniel Honchariw

Daniel Honchariw

Director of Legislative Affairs

Daniel Honchariw joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in May 2016. He focuses mostly on fiscal and education (school choice) issues, and has also published extensively on the abuses of civil asset forfeiture. His work has been featured and/or cited by in-state and national publications including USA Today, The New Yorker, Reason, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Prior to joining, Daniel had been a lifelong California resident. His experience includes stints with the National Labor Relations Board, multiple financial services firms, and a Tahoe-based ski resort. He is a sports fanatic, political junkie, and chess enthusiast.

Daniel holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (’09) and an M.P.A. in Public Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills (’14).