State of Nevada Controller's Office
Topic: The Financial Impact of Public-Sector Unionism for State and Local Taxpayers
The Club at ArrowCreek
Hayek Salon Discussion: 5:15pm
Please Register Before the Event
Most states, including Nevada, have laws that force cities and county governments to negotiate with union bosses toward a labor contract for government employees. City and county leaders are forced to do this regardless of their attitude toward collective bargaining or that of the electorate they represent. Union bosses proudly proclaim their ability to use these powers to hike pay for government workers. But what is the impact on taxpaying families?
For the first time, empirical research now exists linking collective bargaining laws directly to the cost of government in every state. It shows the average four-person household pays $2,300 to $3,000 more in taxes each year in states with compulsory collective bargaining. Mr. Lawrence will discuss his research and what it means for Nevada.
Geoffrey Lawrence is Nevada's Assistant Controller where he oversees the state's financial reporting and transparency efforts along with Nevada's elected controller, Ron Knecht. Geoffrey formerly was Director of Research at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and has written for the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. He did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, holds an M.A. in International Economics from American University in Washington, D.C., and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Accounting from Western Governors University.
Hayek Salon (5:15pm):
A Salon is a gathering of people held primarily for
conversation and contemplation of issues. They originated in 15th century Italy, and flourished in France in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Hayek Salon is held one hour immediately preceding the Hayek Dinner meetings. Its purpose is social and intellectual -- allowing you to meet others and have a warm-up discussion before the speaker.
Question for this upcoming Salon: If Nevada's tax structure is not ideal, how should it be changed, and how should taxes on mining figure into Nevada's tax structure?
To participate, just come at 5:15. If you want to come more prepared, bring some relevant facts, news stories, or other show and tell items you think apply to this issue.