• Fortunately, Nevada Higher Education Is Not Underfunded

    NN&V Exclusive (Ron Knecht) – A recent Brookings Institute study on economic growth in Nevada concluded that...

  • Drilling Down Into NPRI’s Separation-of-Powers Lawsuit

    (Andy Matthews/NPRI) – The recent lawsuit launched to defend the separation-of-powers clause in Nevada’s constitution — filed by NPRI’s new Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation — has to date met an overwhelmingly positive response. Around the state, citizens, lawmakers and members of the media have applauded CJCL for acting decisively against...

  • Bond Bank In Washoe County Will Haunt Taxpayers With Chains of Debt

    (Jim Clark) – Merry Christmas, Washoe County taxpayers.  By a 3-to-2 majority, the county commission has saddled all of us with a $2.1 billion dollar albatross called a “bond bank” that can cause haunting nightmares in the future. What exactly happened and why?  Last May the county manager and chief financial officer...

  • Office On Economic Development Receives Funding To Promote Job Creation

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Efforts by Gov. Brian Sandoval and state lawmakers to encourage new business creation, relocation and expansion in Nevada took a major step forward today when the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee approved nearly $3.5 million to fund a new economic development office. The funding will enable Steve Hill,...

  • Another Government Plan To Bail Out Nevada Homeowners And Banks

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Because government interference in the housing market has worked out so well so far. Let’s see, between the Community Reinvestment Act, the Federal Reserve’s manipulations of interest rates, the $8,000 tax credit for new home buyers and Nevada’s own unconstitutional Foreclosure Mediation Program, I’d say the government has done...

  • Nevada PERS Accounting Practices Conceal Taxpayers’ Real Liabilities

    (Geoffrey Lawrence/NPRI) – Nothing pleases a politician more than the ability to promise lavish benefits to important constituencies without having to pay for them. Nevada lawmakers long ago found a vote-buying cash cow of this nature in the state’s Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). PERS manages a defined-benefits pension system that operates...

  • Recovering Economy Providing State with Extra Cash

    An improving economy has generated nearly $60 million above revenue estimates for Nevada’s state government in recent months, according to figures released by the state’s Economic Forum. The Economic Forum, which provides the revenue projections lawmakers are required to use in creating the state’s budget, revealed that tax collections were more than...

  • Suit Seeks To Restore The Separation-of-Powers Principle In Nevada

    (Andy Matthews/NPRI) – It is possible to have legitimate disagreements over the interpretation of parts of Nevada’s constitution. Article 3, Section 1 — the separation-of-powers clause in Nevada’s constitution — is not one of them. It reads: The powers of the Government of the State of Nevada shall be divided into three...

  • Hoover Dam Bypass And Spaghetti Bowl Could Be New Hazardous Materials Transportation Routes

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – A draft environmental statement addressing the future of the former Nevada Test Site appears to be setting the stage for the transportation of mixed hazardous and low-level radioactive waste to the site through heavily populated areas of Las Vegas, the state response to the documentsays. The response,...

  • Nevada College Republicans Denounce Tuition Increase As Universities Continue Wasteful Policies

    (Las Vegas) – Today , the NSHE Board of Regents voted for an 8% tuition increase after first voting down a measure to postpone the vote until the March meeting – a move called for by the UNLV College Republicans last month. A move to increase tuition by 5% was also...

  • Think Tank Finally Pulls The Trigger On Defiance Of Nevada Constitution

    (Thomas Mitchell/4th St8) – When I interviewed Joseph Becker, the newly installed head of the Center for...

  • No Matter What The Left Says, Nevada Is Not A Low-tax State

    (Geoffrey Lawrence/NPRI) – It’s an argument the Left trots out year after year: “If low tax rates are so important, then why is the unemployment rate so high in Nevada?” Of course, it’s more of a political talking point than an invitation for substantive debate — leftists rarely want to have a...

  • NPRI To Challenge Nevada’s Long-running Violation Of Constitutional Principles

    (NPRI) – The Nevada Policy Research Institute’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigationwill file its first case in Nevada State Court on Nov. 30, 2011. The suit, to be filed in the First Judicial District in Carson City, will challenge the state’s long-running violation of vital constitutional principles and will have significant,...

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