Vol. 1, No.
Beers, Ann O'Connell
talk on TV about TASC
being lost in red tape
becoming online hub
for tutoring U.S. students
officials to make
the tough decisions
the gas profit tinkering
Gates at the well
Recent NPRI Commentaries
social or medical 'insurance' from government will never be a
There's a new antidote in the constitutional medicine chest
Infantile Adult Syndrome
We subsidize pathology, then wonder why we get more of it
restraint and your business
By Lyle Brennan
Angle kicked off the signature collection for
The Angle Property Tax Restraint (Nevada Style
Prop 13) petition on September 14. The media
Chicken Littles proclaimed that the sky will
certainly fall for education, county government
and businesses in Nevada.
point a hysterical finger at California's
excessive spending spree on the back of
increased taxes and fees for business. Without
reining in government spending, our attempts at
property tax restraint will allow government to
increase other taxes and fees as it continues
spending money. Tax restraint is only one side
of the equation; limitation of government
spending is the other. Nevada- style Prop 13 and
a spending limitation such as Colorado's TABOR
complement each other like a lock and key.
officials to make the tough decisions
in favor of putting some kind of limit on
government spending in Nevada. The trick is in
achieving the right kind of balance.
Colorado's Taxpayers Bill of Rights has been in
the news lately because voters there decided to
suspend its tax-collection limits and allow the
state to spend $3.7 billion that otherwise would
have been returned to taxpayers.
The argument is whether Colorado's law is a
success or failure. We think it did exactly what
was intended, which was to stifle runaway
spending, and then gave lawmakers a way out of a
deep hole-by asking the voters. In other words,
the gas profit tinkering
H. Sterling Burnett,
Christy G. Black
on the verge doing something stupid—enacting a
windfall profit tax (WPT) on oil industry
profits. Even though pump prices for gasoline
and the per-barrel price of oil are receding
almost as fast as Katrina's floodwaters, it is
popular to castigate "big oil" for
daring to make a profit.
many Americans seem to feel low gasoline and oil
prices are their birthright, price controls are
disingenuous and counterproductive, leading to
reduced investment in oil and gas exploration
and possibly gasoline shortages—the exact
opposite of what consumers and the country
at the well
New York Sun
31 issue of Fortune magazine carries an
interview with the world's richest man, Bill
Gates, in which the Microsoft chairman is asked
to name the best book he's read lately.
"There's one called The Bottomless Well,
about energy, that I love," Mr. Gates says.
Amid all the scare talk on Wall Street, in
Congress, and in the press about the supposedly
devastating effects of high oil and gas prices
Nevada's System of Higher Education
positions itself for ever-greater waste
By Steven Miller
Is Nevada’s higher education system making the
same mistake that its chancellor has identified in the
Clark County School District?
News stories recently revealed that a
business group led by Chancellor Jim Rogers had retained
a nationally known management expert to screen
candidates for the school district job.
Working with the business group is Dr.
William G. Ouchi, professor of management at UCLA and an
important critic of centralized government school
systems. In 2001-2002, Ouchi led a massive, landmark
study that found that decentralized school systems were
not only more economically efficient but also better at
producing achieving students.
talk on TV about TASC
to Face with Jon Ralston
Colorado voters chose to take a 5-year holiday from their constitutional
Taxpayer Bill of Rights last week. Is that a bad omen
for fiscal conservatives who want to implement a similar
measure here? On November 2 Jon Ralston asks taxpayer
advocates State Senator Bob Beers and Ann O'Connell.
being lost in red tape
Sharing services could
save schools $9 billion
— U.S. public schools could save an estimated $9
billion — the equivalent of funding for 900 new
schools or more than 150,000 new teachers — by
combining just a quarter of their non-instructional
service costs with other school districts, according to
a new study by Reason Foundation and Deloitte Research.
More Money into the Classroom: The Promise
of Shared Services
In many school districts 40 to 50 percent of
education funding never makes it into the classroom
because it goes to administration and business
operations like transportation, food services, building
maintenance, and other support functions.
To put this number in perspective, it is
equivalent to 900 new schools or more than 150,000
additional teachers. "School funding and per pupil
spending are always hot-button issues," said Lisa
Snell, co-author of the report.
"Sharing services gives schools and
districts a great opportunity to send a lot more money
straight to classrooms, where it belongs. With much of
the education world facing tough budget decisions,
sharing services is a dramatically under-used option
that can yield significant results."
becoming online hub for tutoring U.S. students
India -- It is 8 a.m., and the city of Kochi is
beginning a new day. The aroma of boiling rice wafts
through the open windows of apartments on side streets,
and children in uniform haul backpacks heavy with books
inside the third floor of a gray and white building,
tutors have been at work for nearly four hours, sitting
at their computers inside small, partitioned cubicles. A
sign outside the door reads, "Growing Stars
Infotech Limited: A subsidiary of Growing Stars Inc.,
By H. Josef Hebert
WASHINGTON—The chiefs of five major oil
companies defended the industry's huge profits Wednesday
at a Senate hearing where lawmakers said they should
explain prices and assure people they're not being
There is a "growing suspicion that oil
companies are taking unfair advantage," Sen. Pete
Domenici, R-N.M., said as the hearing opened in a packed
Senate committee room.
"The oil companies owe the country an
explanation," he said.
Gates finally admits
software as a service is a big deal
By David Kirkpatrick
has gotten seriously behind. And on Tuesday Bill
Gates finally admitted it.
In a wide-ranging set of announcements of future
products and a group of sometimes-fumbled
demonstrations, Gates and his newest lieutenant Ray
Ozzie, one of Microsoft's chief technology officers,
unveiled an entirely new strategy for software's titan.
They promised to deliver a variety of services over the
Internet, many for free and supported by
While Microsoft has been taking baby steps in
this direction for some time, this is a big leap away
from the company's longstanding commitment to software
on a customer's desktop that is sold for a license
"Every five years or so we look at our
strategy and make one of these big bets," said
Gates at the San Francisco announcement. He compared it
to the company's move from DOS to Windows in the early
1990s, its embrace of the Internet in December 1995, and
its launch of the .Net strategy for web services in
cap, redistricting and teacher tenure measures fail, and
a bid to curb use of union dues trails. A proposal to
restrict abortions is close.
By Michael Finnegan
and Robert Salladay
a sharp repudiation of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger,
voters rejected his most sweeping ballot proposals on
Tuesday in an election that shattered his image as an
agent of the popular will.
Voters turned down his proposals to curb state
spending, redraw California's political map and lengthen
the time it takes teachers to get tenure.
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