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The New Nevada: Taxpayer Bucks for Billionaires

There was a time Nevada was thought to be libertarian, with no income taxes, bars that never close, and good gamble always available. The government was relatively small and the government handouts for business few. When the recently passed Perry Thomas began making bank loans to gambling halls, replacing union slush funds and mob money, legitimate capital sources couldn’t wait to throw money at Sin City and the Silver State.

But the Silver State is not what it used to be. Its freedom ranking has fallen from 5th to 11th. With a ranking of 33rd, the state is among the worst run in the country and its lawmakers cannot help saying ‘yes’ to billionaires, smooth-talking or otherwise, seeking taxpayer largesse.