Nevada needs help. We need money, and fast. Gaming revenues are in the tank, and will probably continue their downward spiral. Sales tax revenues are down, and no one is predicting an uptick soon. Our main revenue generator has been the construction industry – ‘nuf said.
Plan Part 1 – Build Yucca Mountain and hold the rest of the country hostage for storage and transportation fees. Nuclear waste needs to end up somewhere, and where better than Yucca Mountain?
Plan Part 2 – Legalize same sex marriage in Nevada.
Discussion on Part 1 will be spirited to say the least. But I want us to focus on Part 2. (I would love to credit and congratulate the poster on the RGJ who raised this issue, but can’t retrieve the link).
In Nevada, we simply don’t care as long as any activity raises revenue and reduces our tax liability. We were first in the nation with legalized gambling (oops, gaming). First in the nation with legalized prostitution. First in the nation to advertise our "ranches" on the rooftops of our taxi cabs. Our mining practices aren’t exactly what i would call "green". We are "morality neutral" here in this land of the libertarian, as long as we can tax it and avoid paying a state income tax.
Do you have moral issues on legalizing same sex marriage here? Give me a break, whores are legal and condoned and even our elected officials here. Who cares who you boink – what’s the upside for our tax coffers? Imagine thousands of couples coming over the hill to get married with their entourages, filling out hotel rooms, dropping some swag at our casinos, marriage parlors with wait lists, restaurants full, and local businesses with increased sales – all taxable. We can fill our local coffers right now when we need them filled. It just takes a little of our Nevada Spirit of "who cares?"! Maybe some of the couples will even find the charms of our fair community and buy some of our empty real estate.
For generations, Reno and Nevada were the divorce capitals of the nation. Why not make them the new marriage capitals? Free money for us. And maybe just the right thing to do.