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

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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

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January 2019

 

The Science and Policy of Smart Growth in a Time of Water Scarcity

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February 2019

 

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The December 2018 Economic Forum: General Fund Estimates for the 2019-2021 Biennium

by Meredith A. Levine See here for PDF of the blog: Guinn Center Economic Forum Dec 2018 The release of the Economic Forum’s “Forecast of Future State Revenues” in December of even-numbered years marks an important date on Nevada’s fiscal calendar. This official forecast contains projections for the unrestricted revenue portion of the General Fund, which… Read more

Data Usage in Classrooms: Everywhere and Nowhere

By Kenneth J. Retzl, PhD and Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellows The education community is facing a data revolution of sorts. Schools, districts, and states are stressing the importance of data through phrases like “data-driven decision-making” or “data-driven instruction.” To better streamline and standardize across school districts and states, data following a student from… Read more

The November 2018 Economic Forum: Outlook for Nevada

by Meredith A. Levine The Economic Forum is a state-mandated panel that convenes periodically to submit revenue projections for the General Fund—Nevada’s major operating fund—to the Governor and the Legislature. It is a five-member committee drawn from the private sector, with three members selected by the Governor and one nominated by each the Assembly and… Read more

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