Pen and Quill

NPRI invites comment from its readers. Submit articles and letters to the editor by the 15th of each month.


Dear NPRI: 

A colleague was discussing an article by Ralph Heller in a recent issue of Online Nevada. The article was about the many Nevada tax increases over the last decades. I would like to put in my world-famous "two cents".

While I have been in Nevada for only three and a half years, having relocated here from California, I found that the publicized Nevada can be considerably different from the real thing. Although it does not have a tax on income, my personal health, home and auto insurance premiums increased significantly when I moved to Nevada. Can you imagine, auto insurance increasing from California to here? Other states without an income tax, such as Washington, Texas and Al Gore’s Tennessee, have much lower cost of living indices. Even the high-tax state of Oregon levies no sales tax, and the gasoline prices here are obscene.

I can imagine an earlier and less crowded Nevada when the cost of living actually was at the level promulgated by the Chamber of Commerce, but that was before the massive influx of the cadre of uncivilized undesirables from California. Although I detest moving, I am seriously considering moving to Utah or New Mexico, although not to Arizona which has the same urban growth problems as Nevada.

The air in the Las Vegas valley is becoming unfit to inhale because of the dust raised by all of the continuing building. By the end of the year there will be 100,000 hotel rooms here! Absurd? Of course, but reality.


Lou Garner

Las Vegas

Reader Garner is scarcely alone in his complaints about high insurance premiums and gas prices in Nevada, but Nevada’s high tax structure doesn’t seem to be inhibiting people from moving to the Silver State. A large part of Mr. Garner’s high insurance costs exists because Nevada is one of only six states to tax insurance premiums – although this is a dishonest, "hidden tax," one which shows up nowhere on insurance premium notices. Nevada’s so-called "per capita tax burden" at $1,680 is 12th highest among the 50 states, $20 higher than California’s "per capita tax burden," presently calculated at $1,660. – Ed.


Dear NPRI:

I am so tired of hearing about Republican wealth. Could you put a bug in the ear of the Washington Times to publish the assets of all congressmen as well as the president and vice president, comparing the net worth of each before he was elected to office to his present net worth?

Since this information is at least technically a matter of public record it would be interesting to see how the net worth has grown while each has been in office.

R.H. McClintic

Las Vegas


NPRI is looking into researching Reader McClintic’s proposal. We’ll see what we can do about trying to present such fascinating comparative information in an early 1997 issue of Online Nevada. — Ed.


Dear Readers

In the July/August issue of Online Nevada, NPRI published two articles on the flat tax, reprinted from the Madison Review, but NPRI neglected to make clear for readers that they may phone for a free, complimentary copy of the Madison Review by calling the James Madison Institute at 1-800-376-1119. We greatly appreciate the institute’s generosity. — Ed.


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