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October 22, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Clark County’s piece of the pie

The recent Sun editorial titled “Time to look south” hit the nail on the head. As was pointed out, the southern part of the state is the economic engine that drives the entire state.

With approximately 70 percent of the state’s population living in Clark County, and over 60 percent of the revenue generated coming from Clark County, the state’s economic health goes the way Clark County goes.

As a resident of Nevada for the past 36 years, it has always amazed me and yet frustrated me that the state politically is run by Washoe Country and the northern “cow counties.”

As the editorial pointed out, road construction in Nevada is also greatly swayed in favor of the north with a majority of the available funds being used to build new roads and repair old roads in the north — not in the south, where most of the money is generated and needed.

As the population of the state continues to grow with most of that growth taking place in the south, it’s time to think about moving the state capital from Carson City to Las Vegas or Henderson.

It’s also time to cut up the economic pie strictly along population lines, with Clark County getting the funds that it deserves and has too long been denied.

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  1. More of the same north vs. south. When will Nevadans, citizens and politicians, learn? Maybe never. We are one state, not north and south. Politicians use the demographics and division to advance their own personal political agendas. History tells us so.

    Carmine D

  2. Future: Yes, the "south", meaning Clark County, DOES have a plethora of "poor earners". Chalk it up to "right to work" laws, and anti union sentiment held dear by our beloved gaming moguls and corporate octopi. If the "south" is a "real drag" on the state, I suggest secession by the south and a creation of a "new" state...which I have supported for a long time.

  3. We're going a bit overboard here when we propose to "cut up the economic pie strictly along population lines". There are other variables that need to be considered.

    For one, a roadway may be well-travelled but have meager populations along the route. Yet these roadways are needed to transport goods to and products from population and commercial centers. It would make as little sense as a railroad apportioning its track maintenance by population.

    Another variable is climate. Roadways in other parts of the state encounter more annual precipitation and freeze-thaw cycles which shorten roadway life.

    I'm not arguing for the current apportionment of funds but basing that strictly on population is a very superficial approach.

  4. Most lightly populated Western states have this same issue. Eastern Washington complains about Seattle, Oregon about Portland, Colorado about Denver. Nevada has an unfortunate economic division in that the economy of Las Vegas/Clark County is tied to Arizona and Southern California rather than Central and Northern Nevada. Their products, mostly ag and mining, go to California, Idaho and Utah so we have little connection making it far easier to contemplate the severability of the relationship.