Back in the boom times 5,000 to 6,000 people per month were moving to Sin City. Most for the jobs, some for the weather, others for the lack of state income tax and to spend their golden years plugging their retirement savings into the gaming machines.
Now the weather is still good and the Silver State still lacks an income tax (but has plenty of others), but jobs are being shed and a new poll finds 40% of Las Vegas residents want to leave.
Standing in the way is a high unemployment rate nation-wide and reportedly 80% of homeowners in Vegas owe more on their homes than the homes are worth.
Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani says that local government blew it by not providing enough parks. “I know a lot of it is the economy. But this is when you want to have the amenities in place,” she said. “Shame on the county for not putting funding directly into … programs like parks.”
To hear Giunchigliani, you’d think that it is standing-room-only at what public parks there are in Las Vegas. But if you drive by any park (especially during the heat of the summer)–they are empty.