Policy Studies

The Path to Sustainable Prosperity

Removing the obstacles facing Nevada’s entrepreneurs

January 15, 2013 | by Geoffrey Lawrence , Cameron Belt

If Nevada really wants a robust and flourishing economy, it needs to streamline state and local regulations, reduce and eliminate state and local licensing fees and filing requirements, ease restrictions that discourage hiring and eliminate government-granted business subsidies. Those are just some of the findings contained in The Path to Sustainable Prosperity, a comprehensive study on economic development.

The Nevada Piglet Book 2012

October 24, 2012 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

When the government controls society’s resources, it becomes about who you know, not what you know. As resources are politicized, they get doled out to those with political pull to the detriment of the average citizen. That’s a central lesson of this biennium’s Piglet Book.

Facts and fiction about the unions tax initiative

Answers to the top questions regarding a margin tax

June 27, 2012 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The teachers' union and AFL-CIO have proposed implementing a margin tax in Nevada. This study answers the top questions about how a margin tax would work and reveals how a margin tax would harm Nevada’s economy.

Solutions 2013

A Sourcebook for Nevada Policymakers

March 1, 2012 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Solutions 2013 covers 39 subject areas and is a comprehensive sourcebook for lawmakers, candidates and citizens who are interested in policy solutions. As the name implies, these are the solutions for the issues facing Nevadans — from taxes to education, from energy to labor, from economic development to higher education, and many more.

Reforming Nevada's Public Employees Pension Plan

November 3, 2011 | by Andrew G. Biggs

The true funding health of Nevada PERS is far poorer than most realize. Using fair-market valuation, PERS' funding ratio falls from 70 percent to around 34 percent and its unfunded liabilities would rise from about $10 billion to almost $41 billion.

Transforming Education in Nevada Through High-Quality Digital Learning

Online learning would provide students with much educational options

September 13, 2011 | by Steven Miller , Dan Lips

Digital learning offers schools a chance to multiply the impact of their best teachers, personalize the education experience for each student and do both while spending less. About 1.5 million students around the country are currently enrolled in a digital learning program and that number is growing rapidly both in Nevada and nationwide.

The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session

Review & Report Card

June 28, 2011 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

How did your lawmaker score? NPRI's report card has the answer. Along with a comprehensive recap of the legislative session, this study contains a score of each legislator's voting record. This score is an objective measure to compare how favorable a lawmaker was to economic freedom and education reform.

The Impact of Obamacare on Nevada’s Medicaid Spending

Federal mandates will cost Nevada $5.4 billion in the next decade

Nevada will have to spend an additional $5.4 billion over the next decade to fund the forced expansion of Medicaid required by Obamacare.

Who Really Prevails Under Prevailing Wage?

Nevada governments waste billions in subsidies to union labor

April 20, 2011 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

Prevailing wage laws in Nevada undermine competition on the labor market and drive up construction costs borne by state taxpayers

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