The governor of Nevada says the Obama administration has “sentenced Nevada’s economy to the gallows” by banning government meeting in Las Vegas, Reno and other “fun” destinations.
In fact, there is no ban but a loose set of guidelines dating back to the Bush administration, as the Las Vegas Sun points out in an editorial.
It could be that raising taxes by 33 percent on hotel rooms in the middle of an economic crisis has hurt tourism in Las Vegas. Gov. Jim Gibbons let that increase become law without his signature, although he had said he opposed tax increases.
It could also be that government guidelines discouraging meetings in gambling and resort destinations are a good idea. I’d like government meetings on the economic crisis to be held in dank rooms where the participants will be held until they solve it.