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John Tsarpalas

Clark County School District

Clark County School District’s financial woes continue. It’s unsurprising, given the districts record of wasteful spending and financial mismanagement. (Click here to read more) The Districts most recent budget shortfall is forcing Superintendent Jesus Jara to make some decisions that are sure to leave pretty much everyone unhappy. (Read more)

 

Education reform

One of the biggest reasons CCSD continually finds itself in a budget crisis — despite receiving increased funding in the last legislative session — is that, like all of public education, it is almost entirely focused on the amount being spent rather than how it is being spent. (Read more) And the “how” is a much bigger problem. America’s public education model is a one-size-fits-all, factory-style, approach to teaching — and it’s increasingly putting America’s young generations at risk. (Read more)

 

Government corruption

The Nevada DMV has already wasted $25 million in a failed attempt to upgrade its computer system. The tale initially looked like a story of utter incompetence and negligence. As the story has unfolded, however, we’re quickly finding out that such “incompetence” could very well be blatant corruption. (Read more) And don’t forget: Nevada’s 2019 legislature just recently extended the DMV transaction fee that was supposed to fund this boondoggled tech-upgrade. So this corruption and waste continues to cost Nevadans.

 

Government spending

Even without any proposed “Medicare for all” or single-payer healthcare reform, federal healthcare spending is already gobbling up more and more of the federal budget. Currently, the Department of Health and Human Services spends more than $100 billion per month. In May of this year alone, the department spent $146.5 billion. That works out to be $4.9 billion per day, or $3.28 million per minute. And most of that — more than 80 percent — is spent on existing Medicare and Medicaid liabilities. (Read more)

 

Government overreach

Taxes, fines and fees are bad enough. When those revenue mechanisms begin to greatly infringe on people’s constitutional rights, it becomes outrageous. When Jim Ficken left town to care for his recently deceased mother’s estate, he failed to hire someone to cut the grass at his Florida home during his absence. When he returned some time later, he learned that the city had been fining him on a daily basis for not tending to his yard. In total, he owed the city almost $30,000 in penalties, and the city is currently trying to foreclose on his house. (Watch the video)

John Tsarpalas

John Tsarpalas

President

John Tsarpalas is the President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, and is deeply committed to spreading limited government ideas and policy to create a better, more prosperous Nevada for all.

For over three decades, John has educated others in the ideals and benefits of limited government. In the 1980s, John joined the Illinois Libertarian Party and served on its State Central Committee. Later in the 90s, he transitioned to the Republican Party, and became active in the Steve Forbes for President Campaign and flat taxes.

In 2005, he was recruited to become the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party where he graduated from the Republican National Committee’s Campaign College, the RNC’s Field Management School, and the Leadership Institute’s activist training.

Additionally, John has served as President of the Sam Adams Alliance and Team Sam where he did issue education and advocacy work in over 10 states, with a focus on the web.

John also founded or helped start the following educational not-for-profits: Think Freely Media, the Haym Salomon Center – where he served as Chairman, the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and Midwest Speaking Professionals.

A native of Chicago, John now lives in Las Vegas with his wife of 38 years. They have three daughters, and in his spare time, John enjoys trap shooting (while he still has the right!), fishing and public speaking.