Non-profit

Nevada Policy Research Institute

Website:

npri.org

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

Tax ID:

88-0276314

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $818,995
Expenses: $959,664
Assets: $580,617

Formation:

1997

Type:

Non-profit

President:

John Tsarpalas

President's Salary:

$80,000[23]

The Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) is a non-partisan public policy think tank that promotes policy based on the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise. NPRI’s main areas of research are school choice, taxation, worker freedom, state budgetary concerns, and transparency in government. [1]

The Nevada Policy Research Institute is an affiliate member of the State Policy Network, a coalition of free-market state-level policy organizations. [2] While NPRI is non-partisan, members of its staff have affiliations with the Republican Party.

Activity

The Nevada Policy Research Institute is a non-partisan public policy think tank that promotes policy based on the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise. NPRI’s main areas of research and policy recommendations are educational reform, taxation, worker freedom, state budgetary concerns, and transparency in government. [3]

NPRI supports education reform based on school choice policy, including educational savings accounts and micro-schooling. [4] NPRI advocates against raising taxes in Nevada to support public education, noting that a 2015 tax hike did not increase academic performance. NPRI claims the fault lies in the lack of accountability in local school districts and that school choice programs, where parents can opt to change school districts, lead to more accountability and better academic performance. [5]

NPRI hosts a website where it publishes government employee compensation and retirement data. [6] NPRI claims that while laws are in place to provide public access to government records, there are no penalties for those that do not follow this law. In 2018, NPRI sued the Clark County School District (CCSD) after it refused to disclose emails needed in a case involving a CCSD employee’s unlawful termination. [7]

NPRI advocates for worker freedom and claims that deducting union dues from government employees’ paychecks is unconstitutional. NPRI goes on to say that dues should only be deducted from workers who have “affirmatively consented to waiving their First Amendment rights,” as affirmed by the 2018 Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. [8] NPRI has run several campaigns to assist Nevada teachers in opting out of union membership and created National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) to further those kinds of campaigns. NEFW currently maintains a coalition membership of over 100 national and state-based groups, including the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Buckeye Institute, and the Heritage Foundation. [9]

Funding

The Nevada Policy Research Institute receives donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and family trusts. [10] Notable donations have come from organizations like the Charles Koch Institute,[11] the State Policy Network,[12] and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. [13]

People

John Tsarpalas is the president of the Nevada Policy Research Institute. Tsarpalas formerly sat on the State Central Committee of the Illinois Libertarian Party and worked as executive director of the Illinois Republican Party and as president of the Sam Adams Alliance. Tsarpalas is the former chair of the board of the Haym Salomon Center, was the founder of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, and was previously involved with Think Freely Media. [14]

Michael Schaus serves as the communications director at NPRI and as a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute. [15]

Kelly Smith serves as the development director at NPRI. Smith formerly worked as vice president of strategic partners for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, director of development for the Yankee Institute, field representative for former U.S. Representative John Boehner (R-OH), and development associate for the Ohio Republican Party. [16]

Megan Heryet serves as the development director for Transparent California for NPRI. Heryet previously served as the advancement director for Freedom Foundation. [17]

Board of Directors

Ranson Webster serves as chair of the board of NPRI, chair of the Financial Advisory Board for the city of Reno, and as the Governor’s appointee for the Nevada Commission on Education Technology. [18]

Ben Farahi serves on the board of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. Farahi formerly served as a director of the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. [19]

David Geddes serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. [20]

Steve Hardy is a Club 200 member of the Cato Institute. [21]

Judy Cresanta is the founder of NPRI and served as its CEO and president until 2001. Cresanta formerly served on the board of the State Policy Network. [22]

References

  1. “About.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/about/. ^
  2. “The Network: Nevada.” State Policy Network, 2020. Accessed December 17, 2020. https://spn.org/directory/#NV. ^
  3. “About.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/about/. ^
  4. “Education Reform.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/topic/education-reform/. ^
  5. Schaus, Michael. “Making Nevadans pay the nation’s highest sales tax won’t fix our schools.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, March 9, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/commentary/nations-highest-sales-tax-wont-fix-schools/. ^
  6. “Government Transparency.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/topic/government-transparency/. ^
  7. Schaus, Michael. “Nevada’s Public Records Law Needs Teeth.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, December 6, 2018. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/commentary/nevadas-public-records-law-needs-teeth/. ^
  8. Honchariw, Daniel. “Governor Sisolak should rectify Nevada’s unconstitutional government-union dues scheme.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed June 10, 2020. https://www.npri.org/commentary/governor-sisolak-should-rectify-nevadas-unconstitutional-government-union-dues-scheme/. ^
  9. “A History of Nevada Policy Research Institute.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/history/. ^
  10. “About.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/about/. ^
  11. Charles Koch Institute, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2014-2018, Schedule I, Part II. ^
  12. State Policy Network, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2017, Schedule I, Part II. ^
  13. Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2014, Schedule I, Part II. ^
  14. “John Tsarpalas.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/staff/johntsarpalas/. ^
  15. “Michael Schaus.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/staff/michaelschaus/. ^
  16. “Kelly Smith.” LinkedIn, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-smith-24779b8/. ^
  17. “Megan Heryet.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/staff/megan-heryet/. ^
  18. “Ranson W. Webster.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/staff/ransonwwebster/. ^
  19. “Ben Farahi.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/staff/benfarahi/. ^
  20. “David Geddes.” Dickson Commercial Group, 2018. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.dicksoncg.com/our-team/david-geddes/. ^
  21. “Steve Hardy.” Nevada Policy Research Institute, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.npri.org/staff/stevehardy/. ^
  22. “Judy Cresanta.” LinkedIn, 2020. Accessed December 24, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/judy-cresanta-85855916/. ^
  23. Nevada Policy Research Institute, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990), 2019, Part VII, Section A, Line 1a. ^

Associated Organizations

  1. American Juris Link (Non-profit)

Coalition Memberships

  1. State Policy Network (SPN)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 1997

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $818,995 $959,664 $580,617 $153,153 Y $726,562 $0 $2,894 $107,394 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $768,427 $742,292 $752,215 $195,330 Y $730,182 $0 $7,229 $78,968
    2015 Dec Form 990 $874,029 $930,711 $532,229 $1,479 Y $865,965 $0 $2,362 $84,711 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $1,077,298 $1,206,368 $587,475 $13 Y $1,070,499 $0 $5,601 $84,650 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $826,467 $901,213 $727,106 $10,012 N $809,362 $9,490 $4,816 $82,957 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $682,549 $782,140 $781,389 $122 N $670,993 $4,950 $5,918 $64,470 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $603,803 $791,558 $872,056 $13 N $588,872 $0 $9,082 $127,023 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Nevada Policy Research Institute

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