In the Miracle of Carson City—and the fact that we say that shows how cheap miracles go around here these days—the Legislature approved the voters’ right to decide in 2014 whether to remove the constitution’s 5 percent cap on mining taxes. If the voters say “yea,” the 2015 Legislature will be able to debate whether to raise—or, hey, reduce!—the taxes after all. So it’s a little early for Nevada schools to start rejoicing in the coming windfall. But back to the miraculous part of this miracle: It was the willingness of Southern Nevada Republicans—led by Senate minority floor leader Michael Roberson—to vote against party lines and along geographic ones that got the resolution rolling and ultimately passed.
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.