Study: Spending Increases In Nevada May Worsen Results
Spending more public money on Nevada education, healthcare, public safety and transportation may actually lead to performance decreases in those areas, a new study finds. Nevada Policy Research Institute released the findings of a study in which they examined Nevada’s spending over the last 10 years and concludes “that tax dollars have been spent very ineffectively in Nevada, and that higher tax rates have largely failed to produce improvement in the quality of services provided.” The study’s key findings suggest that for every additional $100 in per-capita tax revenues: 1) Graduation rates decline by 0.37 percent while SAT scores improve by 0.81 points; 2) The quality of healthcare deteriorates; 3) The crime rate increases by 0.64 percent over the national average; 4) Nevada’s national ranking of highway system performance falls by 0.5 places.
ROI is Primary Motivation For Businesses Pursuing Eco-Friendly Practices
Results from a recent survey by BJG | Architecture + Engineering indicates that the primary motivation for Northern Nevada businesses to pursue eco-friendly practices in the office is return on investment. More than 1,000 local businesses were surveyed about their energy-saving methods in the workplace.
• 83.1% of the Northern Nevada businesses pursue eco-friendly practices for the return on investment.
• 58.9% of local businesses pursue eco-friendly practices for employee satisfaction.
• 31.5% of the respondents pursue eco-friendly practices for community recognition.
Nevada Business Recognized by Small Business Administration
The Nevada District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced its small business award honorees for 2009. Connie Brennan, publisher of Nevada Business, was selected as the “Small Business Journalist of the Year.” Brennan is among seven individuals to be honored at an awards luncheon to be held by the SBA on May 7th at the Orleans Hotel and Casino.
Datanamics Inc. Launches Educational Services Division
Datanamics Inc. announced the Henderson-based information technology firm now offers a variety of specialized training courses through the launch of its new division, Educational Services. The new division offers specialized technical training in various levels of computer software and hardware competencies.
JMA Awarded CSN’s Project
JMA was recently awarded College of Southern Nevada’s Fire Station College Instructional Center. JMA is designing the 14,000 sq. ft. project which will house a fully operational fire station for the City of Las Vegas and additional classrooms for the College of Southern Nevada.