Vintage slot machine, Nevada State Museum, Carson City.
Photo © Stan White
The political will for such a move doesn't seem to be there at the moment. According to a recent article in the Reno Gazette-Journal, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R) is opposed, along with Democratic leaders in the State Legislature. Both Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford and Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley gave the idea a cool reception. Given that they control the agenda, it appears doubtful anything of the sort will get a hearing during the upcoming 2009 legislative session.
I'll go on record as being opposed to the idea. It's abundantly clear that Nevada's revenue model needs a major overhaul designed to smooth out the boom or bust scenario that keeps playing over and over like a stuck record. I don't think throwing a questionable patch on the current system will do anything to help, and could very well be one of those notions that results in unintended bad consequences worse than the problem it was supposed to fix. Please vote in the poll and let us know what you think.
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