Week in Review: Thanks

Andy Matthews

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We in Nevada have plenty to be thankful for this year.

In 2014, we saw hundreds of teachers and support staff claim their freedom by dropping membership with their union. More government agencies chose to be transparent by providing public employee compensation data to TransparentNevada.com. We witnessed voters overwhelmingly defeat what would have been a disastrous business tax. And now we’re about to enter into a legislative session that’s poised to be the most promising for free-market- and freedom-loving Nevadans in decades.

And none of that would have been possible without the generous donations from supporters like you, who value freedom in Nevada enough to support the Nevada Policy Research Institute.

Because of your support, NPRI was able to inform educators and workers across the Silver State of their right to work, whether they belong to a union or not; we were able to spread the word through a video seen by over 38,500 people that business taxes are harmful not only to the companies that must pay them, but to the people they employ; and we were able to continue fighting to protect Nevada’s Constitution through our Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation.

For that, my NPRI colleagues and I are incredibly thankful.

This week, we at the Institute have something new to be thankful for. Going forward, Amazon.com shoppers will be able to contribute financially to the Nevada Policy Research Institute automatically and at no cost to them. We’ve partnered with the online retailer’s new website, AmazonSmile, which donates a portion of eligible purchases to NPRI.

And, contributing to NPRI through AmazonSmile is simple. All one needs to do is visit smile.amazon.com, select the Nevada Policy Research Institute as his or her charity of choice, and then shop as usual. Supporters will find the exact products at the same prices as they will find at Amazon.com, but by shopping through smile.amazon.com, a donation will be made to the Institute with each qualifying purchase. It’s that simple.

I told you last week about the ambitious, yet achievable plans NPRI has to change Nevada for the better in 2015. In case you missed my column, we will work to see universal school choice made a reality, reform collective bargaining laws and fix the broken NVPERS.

The coming year will provide great opportunity to make Nevada a freer state, but it can’t happen without supporters like you. As we enter the Season of Giving, will you make a tax-deductible donation to NPRI?

And, as you do your holiday shopping, please consider shopping through smile.amazon.com to support NPRI simply, automatically and at no cost to you.

Thank you for your support this year, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Andy Matthews
NPRI President

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