Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) is a
private non-profit, free-market and limited-government policy
research organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
NPRI seeks to promote private, rather than
government solutions to issues facing Nevada and the western region
of the United States.
Financial support & Resources
NPRI receives support from private individuals and foundations and
accepts no money from the government.
NPRI currently researches education 
, tax and fiscal policy 
, and labor 
issues related to Nevada public policy.
NPRI opposes recent political decisions to halt the opening of new
charter schools and favors expanding charter school
options, tuition tax credits
, school voucher
programs, and merit pay
been highly critical of the Nevada System of Higher
Education, specifically the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno for low graduation rates, despite spending above
average per full time student on education and education related
higher education expenditures.
Tax and Fiscal Policy
NPRI supports a balanced budget with controlled growth in
government spending, such as a TABOR
's or TASC
amendment. NPRI claims Nevada's 2008-2009 budget deficit was the
result of excessive growth in government spending.
NPRI has also argued that Nevada's history as a low-tax state has
been slowly eroded by a growing number of fees on Nevada's
NPRI opposes tax hikes on individual taxpayers and corporations
within Nevada, including a tax hike on the gaming industry.
See also, the 2008 Nevada
NPRI supports protecting secret ballot boxes and paycheck
protection and opposes defined benefit plans for union and
On November 30th, 2008 the Las Vegas Review Journal
published an article regarding some investigative journalism
conducted by the Nevada Policy Research Institute on the Las Vegas Convention
and Visitors Authority
. According to NPRI's investigation it
appears the LVCVA has an inappropriate relationship with a private
marketing firm, R&R, that has overbilled the LVCVA but the
LVCVA has never attempted to recoup these losses.
Through public records request NPRI found that the LVCVA not only
knew about these irregularities but literally gave R&R the
rubber stamp to approve expenditures above $5,000 without any
oversight from the LVCVA.
According to NPRI, the LVCVA is funded by the room tax ($220
million in revenue), taking in more money than the Clark County
School District, and is also a state agency subject to state laws
regarding employees, benefits, and travel expenses.
The contract with R&R Partners
is worth $87 million.
According to NPRI vice president, "In the days following the
release of this project, multiple private investigators visited the
institute's offices requesting our financial statements and
claiming to be working for "the other side." Some of our board
members have been approached with broad hints about retaliation if
the institute's look into convention authority financing
Each year the Nevada Policy Research Institute gives out the
"Chairman's Award" for the advancement of liberty in
Past winners have included:
- 2008 - Governor Jim Gibbons's
executive order on government transparency.
- 2007 - Sheldon G. Adelson
- 2006 - Norman Dianda, Tito Tiberti
- 2005 - The Reviglio family
- 2004 - The Venetian Resort·Hotel·Casino, Ed Nigro
- "Airing of charter tensions set" by Emily Richmond,
- "Quality and Quantity" by Dr. Matthew Ladner, Nevada Policy
Research Institute 
- "It's the spending, stupid" by Patrick R. Gibbons, Nevada
Policy Research Institute 
- "Study shows how tax burden has increased" by Sean Whaley,
Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- "Nevada Tax Fight" by Chuck Muth, Wall Street
- "New approach needed on public pensions" by Doug French, Nevada
Policy Research Institute 
- "LVCVA, ad agency defend deal" by AD Hopkins, Las Vegas
- "NPRI's transparency project"
- "Authority trying to change subject" by Steven Miller, Las
Vegas Review-Journal