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John Tsarpalas


Educational choice

Don’t miss Fixing Special Ed, NPRI Senior Vice President Steven Miller’s latest series on education — this one documenting the slow-moving, budget-busting tsunami of special-education costs soon to slam into the State of Nevada and its 17 school districts. The new 11-part series reveals why the existing federal-state system is breaking down, all across the U.S. — but also, the new solutions becoming available: Educationalchoice options at the state level not only help specialneeds students and their families with genuine customized education for the students, but also yield important savings for state budgets and taxpayers. (Read the series here)


Education spending

The education establishment is, once again, wailing that it lacks “enough” money for Nevada’s public schools. The argument, however, falls apart upon further inspection. Not only has Nevada nearly tripled its inflation-adjusted per pupil spending, but more and more evidence nationally indicates that there’s virtually no correlation between education spending and student performance. Some systems that spend vastly more than Nevadasuch as the states of Alaska, West Virginia and the District of Columbiarank significantly worse. By contrast, states that spend less than Nevadalike Arizona, Idaho and Utahall rank significantly higher. (Read more)


Criminal justice

On a neighborhood street in Coachella Valley, California, a city code enforcement officer sent a written warning to a landlord after spotting a few chickens in the backyard of a tenant’s home. That was three years ago, and 79yearold Ramona Moralesthe landlordthought the issue was resolved after she had her tenant get rid of the chickens. Now, however, Morales faces nearly $6,000 in fees, thanks to a law firm handling the city’s prosecutions. “If you combine capacious and vague code, where almost anything can be a violation, and you let the person who is going to enforce the code make money off of it, then the potential for abuse is just tremendous,” explained Morales’ lawyer. (Read more)


Labor unions

Labor unions are panicked about an upcoming Supreme Court case that pits an Illinois man named Mark Janus against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Janus has sued AFSCME over being forced to pay union dues, even though he does not want to be a part of the union. More interestingly, union leaders are claiming that if the court rules against the union, minorities wouldsomehowbe disproportionately hurt if they and other workers suddenly had the freedom to exit union membership. (Read more)



President Trump’s administration has started pushing to actually impose protectionist-style tariffs on various industries and imports. Not everyone, however, is on board with this idea. When Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) pointed out that past import restrictions and tariffs have caused serious damage to American consumers, the President shrugged off the concerns. The evidence, however, speaks for itself: Just like other increased taxes, tariffs are indirect taxes paid for by consumers not bugaboo foreign interests or faceless corporations. (Read more)


John Tsarpalas

John Tsarpalas


John Tsarpalas is the President of the Nevada Policy, 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 more than 40 years.