Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
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Latest Research

Restructuring the Electricity Market in Nevada? Possibilities, Prospects, and Pitfalls

The subject of Question 3: The Energy Choice Initiative—namely the proposed restructuring of Nevada’s electricity markets—is complex. Supporters and opponents of Question 3: The Energy Choice Initiative are providing data and arguments that appear to conflict with each other. This policy report summarizes and evaluates the primary arguments for and against passage of Question 3…. Read more

Federal Revenue Streams in Nevada

Nevada’s 2017-2019 biennium budget amounts to approximately $26.2 billion. Federal funds account for more than one-third  (34.3 percent) of all revenues in the biennium budget. Federal revenues also flow into Nevada’s non-profits and local and county governments. This policy brief summarizes federal revenue streams in Nevada in recent years. For our recent presentation at the… Read more

Fiscal Policy

In 2017, the U.S. Congress took action to amend the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), or modify certain existing federal income tax provisions as they pertain to individuals and businesses. The bill is known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This policy brief highlights major provisions in the congressional TCJA proposal as they relate… Read more


It’s Getting Hot in Here…

This week, southern Nevada residents are bracing for another excessive heat wave. Around the Silver State, air conditioning companies and their heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians are in high demand during the hot summer months. Both nationally and around the state, HVACR technicians are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated,… Read more

Demographics, Enrollment, & Performance Metrics at K-12 Schools in Nevada

In this photo essay, we compared enrollment, demographics, and performance metrics across traditional—i.e., non-virtual—state-sponsored public charter schools, district-sponsored public charter schools, and district public schools, as well as virtual state-sponsored public charter schools and virtual district public schools. Click here for a .pdf version of the photo essay: Demographics, Enrollment & Performance Metrics in Nevada’s K-12… Read more

Upcoming Events

Candidate Forum: CCSD Board of Trustees & NSHE Board of Regents

Monday, October 1

6:00 pm

The Public Education Foundation, 4350 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Join us to learn how the candidates feel about governance, education funding, and student success.

This event is co-sponsored by Honoring Our Public Education (HOPE) and Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce Mujeres Group.


Candidate Forum: WCSD Board of Trustees

Wednesday, October 3

6:00 pm

UNR Innevation Center, 450 Sinclair Street, Reno, NV 89501

Join us to learn how the candidates feel about governance, education funding, and student success.


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Latest Blog Posts

Lake Mead: Where is All Our Dam Water?

by Tony S. Foresta As the driest state in the nation, Nevada has always faced challenges when managing its scarce water resources. But this fact is especially true in the desert landscape of Southern Nevada, where the average precipitation rate is just four inches per year. Further complicating matters, southern Nevada relies on a single… Read more

Education Week’s Education Rankings and Nevada

by Kenneth J. Retzl, Ph.D. Introduction Every year Education Week publishes Quality Counts, a ranking of the education systems in each of the 50 states and District of Columbia. In the 2018 report, Nevada ranked 51st. However, the methods to create this overall ranking are complicated, with Education Week aggregating 39 different variables that are… Read more

Lake Tahoe: “Edge of the Lake” or Lake on the Edge?

by Meredith A. Levine and Hannah Munro Nestled in a basin surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Lake Tahoe stuns sightseers with its kaleidoscopic colors, which fall on a spectrum of deep emerald to rich turquoise. Its extraordinary beauty and wide assortment of recreational options make Lake Tahoe an attractive tourist destination, with about three million visitors… Read more


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