Nevada Piggy Book

  • The Nevada DMV spent $17 million on a foreign tech firm that couldn’t communicate with government staff in English.
  • Clark County Auditors overlooked a glaring case of potential fraud in Henderson.
  • The Nevada Department of Transportation flushed money down the drain building completely ineffective “tortoise fences” that now must be completely replaced.

And that’s just the beginning!

Executive Summary

Nevada Policy’s latest edition of the Piggy Book — a glimpse into the world of government waste in Nevada — is finally here!

And you won’t believe the examples of waste we managed to dig up for this edition — like how the Nevada DMV wasted millions of tax dollars on a failed computer upgrade by hiring a contractor whose staff couldn’t even speak English!

We have put together this book to give you, the Nevada taxpayer, a glimpse into the into some of the more staggering examples of government waste — the kinds of stories that make one wonder just what else government is throwing our tax dollars after.

So, enjoy this digital version of the Nevada Piggy Book! We certainly enjoyed writing it — even if we did have to suffer through seeing the myriad ways government flushes our hard-earned dollars down the drain.

Download the PDF version of the Nevada Piggy Book today! 

July 2019 Update: News reports now suggest that the Nevada DMV fiasco could be more than just simple incompetence and government waste. The amount wasted has now ballooned to $26 million. Additionally, while the failed Nevada DMV computer upgrade initially looked like a story of simple incompetence and negligence, new evidence suggests that such “incompetence” could very well be blatant corruption. (Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

August 2019 Update: Taxpayers will continue to pay for the mistakes made by the Nevada DMV, after the Legislature approved a $1 fee added to all DMV transactions through 2022. The Senate GOP filed a lawsuit to invalidate this tax increase, however, which you can read about here.

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).

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.

Robert Fellner

Robert Fellner

Vice President & Director of Policy

Robert Fellner joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in December 2013 and currently serves as the Institute’s Vice President and Director of Policy. Robert has written extensively on the issue of transparency in government. He has also conducted legal research and assisted in crafting legal arguments for numerous public records-related lawsuits, including one which prevailed at the Nevada Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark decision that protected and expanded Nevadans’ rights to access and inspect government records.

An expert on government compensation and its impact on taxes, Robert has authored multiple studies on public pay and pensions. He has been published in Business Insider,, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register,, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, and elsewhere.

Robert has lived in Las Vegas since 2005 when he moved to Nevada to become a professional poker player. Robert has had a remarkably successfully poker career including two top 10 World Series of Poker finishes and being ranked #1 in the world at 10/20 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

Additionally, his economic analysis on the minimum wage won first place in a 2011 George Mason University essay contest. He also independently organized a successful grassroots media and fundraising effort for a 2012 presidential candidate, before joining the campaign in an official capacity.