Opinion: Independent Guinn Center affiliates with UNR

Pat Hickey

“Memo from the Middle” is an belief column written by RGJ columnist Pat Hickey, a member of the Nevada Legislature from 1996 to 2016.

“Data-driven. Unbiased. Nonpartisan,” is how the Guinn Centre for Coverage Priorities describes itself as a newly-affiliated “think tank” at the College of Nevada, Reno.

Remaining unconstrained by political leanings and nonaligned with lobbying interests is what intrigued me when my political job was completed and I was invited to join the Guinn Center’s Board of Directors in 2017. It was refreshing to see a Nevada investigation group whose priorities were being identified not by any certain ideological bent, but by a determination to proof-based, wise coverage options.

Former Governor and present UNR President Brian Sandoval agrees, and is web hosting a reception on April 6 to welcome the Guinn Center’s new partnership with Nevada’s oldest university. UNR Provost Dr. Jeff Thompson welcomes the emerging relationship, expressing, “Both the university and the Guinn Heart will benefit from this formal affiliation. We glimpse forward to obtaining our faculty and pupils make upon our past collaborations and continue to give skills on a broad selection of public-plan problems that are significant to the point out and Guinn Middle research.”