NPRI List of Publications


Nevada Education: Laying the Groundwork. This study outlines three major problem areas - the economics, politics and accountability of education in Nevada. The author recommends reforms that would improve the level of education in Nevada.

Term Limits Outlook: Rethinking Article V. Term Limits and the Seventeenth and Nineteenth Amendments. This study places term limits in a historical perspective by tracing the campaigns that brought about the adoption of the Seventeenth and Nineteenth Amendments.

The Instruction Gap. A 10 year economic study of how education dollars have been spent. The study shows a major priority shift from instruction to administration, teacher’s benefits and loan interest payments creating an education gap of over $80 million since 1982.

Who Pays? The Burden of Environmental Cleanup and Pollution Control. This Study unveils the exact source of funding for environmental cleanup. It uncovers the inequities in both the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Superfund which have led to billions in litigation expenses.

Health Care: History, Hype and Help. This study includes the findings that NPRI obtained during its Statewide Health Care Summit held in May of 1994. Several conclusions were reached, chief among them the incorporation of Medical Savings Accounts (MSA’s) in both state and federal reform.

Newlands Reclamation Project Water Rights, a Private Property Issue. This study examines Nevada’s current water wars from the perspective of private property rights.

Hardrock Mining. John Dobra, Ph.D., Director of the Natural Resource Industry Institute and NPRI Senior Research Fellow, delivered testimony to the U.S. Congress on the proposed eight percent royalty on mining. Dobra testified on the effects of mining royalties on jobs, profitability and their impact on resources.

Congressional Testimony on U.S. Mining act of 1872. John Dobra, Ph.D., delivered testimony before the House Committee on Natural Resources regarding President Clinton’s proposed 12.5% royalty on hardrock mining. This legislation would significantly alter the U.S. Mining act of 1872 - a statute which has historically encouraged prospecting, development and extraction of minerals in the public domain for more than 120 years.

Nevada’s Health. This study outlines the evolution of health care in America and proposes several suggestions for restructuring Nevada’s present health care situation.

Designing A Public School Choice Program that Can Pay For Itself. This study is a proposal for an educational choice program that would allow parents to choose among public and private schools with the aid of a state scholarship.

What’s New in Nevada Schools; A Case Study: Jacobson Elementary School. This study looks at a Nevada school that sought solutions to the problems of "at risk" students, decisions and their ultimate impact on mainstream society. This is Nevada’s first experience with site-based management and school automony.

Choice is a Panacea. Authors John Cubb and Terry Moe conducted research and gathered information to produce the most comprehensive set of empirical data on American education ever assembled. The results are dramatic in both their findings about what matters in education and the resultant policy reforms recommended.

Social Security and Privatization: Possible with "Mediscare" Out of the Way. Moving the ailing Social Security system towards some type of privatization is inperative. Whether the two-tiered approach or the stock -and-bond model is implemented, the longer the government waits, the harder it will be to solve the problem

From Moynihan to "My Goodness." This study asks the question. "What are the dimensions and consequences of contemporary family change in the United States?

Nevada Medicaid: Constructive Reform of the State System. This study offers additions to the governor’s State Medicaid Reforms and offers large savings.

New Monographs

Taxes: The Economic and Philosophical Necessity of Real Reform, Grover Norquist, NPRI Tax Advisor.

The U.S. is fast approaching a level of taxation which will be counter- productive to economic growth. The key to responsible taxation is individual empowerment.

That’s No White Man, That’s My Husband: The Case Against Strong Affirmative Action, Frank Beckwith, Ph.D., NPRI Senior Research Fellow. A humorous title on a serious subject. Dr. Beckwith explores types of affirmative action programs and analyses the issue from an ethical perpsective.

Restoring School Board Options in Contracting Out: Will School Boards and State Legislatures Act to Reverse the Erosion of Management Authority in Public School Governance? Myron Lieberman, Ph.D.

School Boards have been "hamstrung " in making decisions regarding competitive contracting. This paper attempts to offer some solutions to empowerment of school boards to make fiscally responsible decisions unfettered by bureaucratic encumbrances.

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