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Douglas County Implements Innovative Priority Based Budgeting

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In March 2014, Douglas County, Nevada won the Cashman Good Government Award for developing innovative budget solutions through priority based budgeting. As with many local governments in Nevada, Douglas County faced a significant structural deficit after the Great Recession. To address this deficit, Douglas County embarked on a priority-driven budget development process that included public… Read more

Nevada Tops States in Delinquent Debt

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While economic data show promising signs of recovery from the Great Recession throughout the country and in Nevada, a new research brief from the Urban Institute and Consumer Credit Research Institute provides another indicator of why the Silver State continues to lag in its efforts to rebound from those difficult times. The Numbers  The brief,… Read more

NSHE Remediation Report Shows New Strategies Needed for College Student Success

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Across the country, placement tests are often used to determine which students must take remedial math and English classes. In many cases, students who performed well in high school are shocked to find that they are unprepared for college and must take remedial classes before taking college-level classes. A national study by Complete College America… Read more

Nevada Lags Behind in Access to Preschool

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Access to high quality preschool can have significant academic, economic, and even health benefits as documented in the Perry Preschool Study. In recent years, several states have either substantially increased state preschool funding or have begun to offer universal preschool programs to help increase children’s chances for long-term success. Nevada, however, lags significantly behind other… Read more

Nevada’s Higher Education Cuts Have Created Roadblocks to Economic Growth

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Across the nation, state funding for higher education fell during the Great Recession. A new report by the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) found that states are still funding higher education below pre-recession levels. This public disinvestment has made college less accessible to students and has major long-term economic impacts. The Silver… Read more

Nevada Children Face Unequal Opportunities

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A recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation focuses on racial disparities in indicators that determine a child’s chance for future success. The report creates a new Race for Results Index, which includes 12 measures that are most closely connected to the likelihood of a young person becoming middle class by middle age. These… Read more

The Cost of an Uneducated Workforce

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The Guinn Center appeared yesterday on Ralston Reports to address, among other topics, Ralston’s question of the day: “Is a flawed business tax to fund education better than no tax at all?” Essentially, Ralston asked the Guinn Center and his viewers to weigh how the tax functions against what the tax is meant to do… Read more

Innovative Community Health Worker Model Improves Outcomes for High-Risk Patients

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A recent study found that an innovative peer support program improves access to care and quality of communication while reducing repeat hospitalizations, which can reduce costs. Experts at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed an effective and innovative program using trained lay community health workers to improve a range… Read more

Outside the Box: Insurance companies in housing?

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Joining a growing number of businesses focused on mission-related investing, UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest medical insurer, has recently invested $150 million to build low-income housing in a dozen states. UnitedHealth’s big push into housing isn’t charity, although the investment also brings financial benefits (in the form of tax credits). National studies show that individuals… Read more