(NPRI) – The comprehensive guide to Nevada state policy issues, Solutions 2013, is now available for lawmakers, candidates and everyone interested in policy reforms, the Nevada Policy Research Institute announced today.
Solutions 2013: A Sourcebook for Nevada Policymakers offers research, information and recommendations on 39 subject areas. Authored by Geoffrey Lawrence, NPRI’s deputy policy director, Solutions 2013 gives 53 policy recommendations to solve Nevada’s toughest challenges — from taxes to education, from energy to labor, from economic development to higher education.
“Solutions 2013 is the most comprehensive guide available on the pressing policy challenges facing Nevada,” said Lawrence. “This handbook provides current and soon-to-be policymakers with clear and authoritative briefings on the big issues that confront Nevada today.
“Featuring both the important research and the policy solutions needed in Nevada, it’s a handy reference guide to shortcomings in current policy and the ways in which policies can be improved.”
The 88-page, spiral-bound booklet examines each of its 39 topics in an easy-to-read, two-page format. Key points and recommendations are on the left side, with supporting graphs and documentation on the right.
“In most cases,” said Lawrence, “the book’s recommendations reference model legislation that has already been created or legislation that has produced successful outcomes in other states. All of its recommendations can be submitted directly as bill draft requests ahead of the 2013 session.”
The report comes just days before candidates for public office are able to file.
“It is with enormous pride that NPRI is releasing Solutions 2013, the largest research report NPRI has ever produced,” said Andy Matthews, NPRI president. “While elected officials have spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for studies that wind up collecting dust, Solutions 2013 costs taxpayers nothing. Moreover, it contains the information policymakers and voters need to cut through the political spin and misinformation and enact the policy reforms that will solve Nevada’s problems.
“Every elected official, candidate and voter should read Solutions 2013 to avoid repeating the mistakes that have led Nevada to the highest unemployment rate in the country and the lowest graduation rate, despite nearly tripling inflation-adjusted per-pupil spending in the last 50 years.
“Solutions 2013 provides ready-made solutions for Nevada’s toughest policy challenges,” Matthews added.
Matthews’ foreword to the book is available online at http://www.npri.org/publications/solutions-2013. The full sourcebook can be downloaded at http://www.npri.org/docLib/20120229_Solutions_2013.pdf.