• Economic Diversity Plan: Lots of Devils In Those Details

    The media was all abuzz last week with the release of the Economic Development Agenda for Nevada by Brookings Mountain West. The plan is now in the hands of the state’s policymakers, who would do well to look closely before blindly adopting its recommendations. It does contain some good ideas – enhancing...

  • Nevada Saves $6.3 Million In Successful Bond Sale, Keeps AA Credit Rating

    (Nevada News Bureau) – Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshallannounced today that her office has completed a series of bond sales that will net the state a total face value of $149.4 million, with $32 million going for capital improvement projects and the remaining $117 million to be used for the refunding of existing...

  • Nevada AFL-CIO Wants Voters To Approve Ballot Initiative For Increased Taxes For Education

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – A Nevada labor union leader said today his organization is “looking seriously” at launching a ballot initiative to put a tax hike to increase funding for education to the voters at the 2012 general election. “We are looking seriously at this process because the legislative process is...

  • PERS Report Provides Post-Halloween Fright to Nevada Taxpayers

    A couple weeks after Halloween, economist Andrew Biggs brought a fright to Nevada’s taxpayers at NPRI’s November luncheon. They may be on the hook for tens of billions more in unfunded liabilities than they’ve been told. Biggs discussed the funding problems of Nevada’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) plan, the defined-benefit pension...

  • Nevada Home-based Businesses Send Out SOS Against SoS

    NN&V Exclusive (Chuck Muth) – If elected officials really want to stimulate the economy and create jobs,...

  • Sandoval And Others Raise Concerns About $280,000 NDOT Contract

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – A 23-month, $280,000 contract approved by the Nevada Department of Transportation for a private sector individual to work as a liaison between the agency and contractors seeking work has been put on hold because of concerns expressed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and other members of the NDOT...

  • Economic Diversification Report Provides Roadmap For Nevada Job Creation

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – A report outlining how Nevada can grow and diversify its economy says much more could be done now in the areas of health and medical services, and that clean energy and aerospace/defense are emerging sectors that could bring skilled jobs to the state. The report, a joint...

  • Nevada’s Foray Into Online Education Gains Strength

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – Imagine you or your child could have personalized lesson plans with almost instantaneous feedback on how you’re doing on a particular subject area. That’s the power of digital learning, and it’s just not possible in a traditional classroom. The teacher prepares lessons for the class as a whole and...

  • Nevadans Should Be “Ashamed” Of This “Abomination” Of A Contract

    (Chuck Muth) – To refresh everyone’s memory, the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project is dead, dead, dead. We know it’s dead because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has told us over and over and over again that it’s dead, dead, dead. Heck, he’s even dried up the money necessary for the Nuclear...

  • NPRI’s Transparent Nevada Now Features CCSD Vendor Payments

    (Victor Joecks/NPRI) – For the first time, Clark County School District payments to vendors are publicly available and easily searchable on the Web. The district — to facilitate transparency and public understanding — worked with TransparentNevada, a public service of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, to make its information easily accessible to...

  • Energy Office Pushes To Adopt International Code At Cost Of $1.2 Million

    (Thomas Mitchell/4th St8) – There was nothing further in the state budget that the governor or the lawmakers could possibly find to cut. Nope. Not another dime. That’s why the fine folks of Elko will be treated to a hearing tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 1 p.m. at City Hall, where the Nevada...

  • Dinner Turns to Disaster As Government Nannies Crash the Party

    (Michael Chamberlain/Nevada Business Coalition) – Ronald Reagan was fond of saying that the nine most frightening words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” A couple who owns a small farm in a small town discovered first-hand the destructive power of a bureaucracy intent on...

  • Las Vegas Monorail Funding Questioned; Trustee Office Behavior Billed ‘Highly Unusual’

    (Steven Miller/NPRI) – The federal judge in charge of the Las Vegas Monorail Company bankruptcy case is ordering, for the second time, the debt-ridden firm to come up with solid evidence that it will ever be financially viable. Unless it does, suggested U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Bruce Markell last week, the company will...

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