"This struggle may be a moral one or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did; it never will." (See below.)

1997-2001 Archive

Sen. Joe Neal stands alone, breaking the Silence of the Lambs
--- Commentary by Steve Sebelius,Veteran Las Vegas Review-Journal Political Columnist

Sen. Neal's casino tax hike assassinated again
Even attempt to place advisory on the ballot defeated without a second

Foredoomed bill mandates casino non-smoking areas

Top casino lobbyist actually admits existence of gambling addiction

Casinos boom profits on Wall Street, plead poverty at home

Gov. Guinn threatens reprisals against gaming tax petition supporters

Dream on: Gamblers & Governor may move toward compromise
on casino tax hike

State study confirms that gambling costs government more than it pays

Federal study says curtail gambling expansion
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Just as well. The industry neutered it. You might try a web search.

Last chance to stop local corporate welfare
Barbwire by Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune / 9-7-1997

For more details, go to Sen. Joe Neal's website

In recent legislative sessions, the gambling-industrial complex has kept its taxes low, opened large tax loopholes for itself and facilitated major tax and fee increases on everyone else.
Nevada casinos pay the lowest state levies in the nation, all of which are fully deductible on federal income tax returns. Our gross gaming tax, frozen since 1987, remains lowest in the world.
The Nevada gambling industry also diverts hundreds of millions in public money toward casino promotion. Because of this ongoing casino tax skim, booming cities like Reno and Las Vegas cannot afford adequate parks or many other public services. Reno's potholed streets have become legendary.
Because of four decades of chronic corporate welfare giveaways extracted by the casino industry, Nevada communities have been pressured to raise local taxes and fees. The 2001 Nevada Legislature is processing legislation to force counties to raise property taxes to bail out state government.
Nevada property taxes have been rising faster than the rate of inflation due in large part to communities being forced to deal with growth without the funds to pay for it.
Nevada's tax collections ebb and flow with the economy. Regressive sales and use taxes surpassed gaming tax collections in 1998. Only a quarter of Silver State sales taxes come from visitors. Nevada's freshman governor and top gambling executives, echoed by an increasing chorus of news media, have called for a "more stable" tax base. The most often mentioned alternatives involve re-imposing the sales tax on groceries, a sales tax on services, hiking residential property taxes or a combination of all.

These issues are now reaching critical mass. Casinos Out of Politics has been formed to win substantive campaign finance reform for voters and candidates, equity for taxpayers and justice for casino workers.

Reducing the gambling-industrial complex's stranglehold on Nevada's political structure will not be easy. However, big, fat, rich targets move slowly and are easy to both hit and dodge.

Let's put some sweat equity into buying an election for ourselves just once.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano, COP on the Beat







Casinos Out
of Politics

(Silver State COP)

P.O. Box 10034
Reno, NV 89510
Phone (775) 786-1455
Fax (775) 747-0979


*"Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing.

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder & lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

"This struggle may be a moral one or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did; it never will."

-- Frederick Douglass, speaking in Canandaigua, NY, 3 August 1857

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