Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Involuntary break: Postings will be light and sporadic for awhile. We were in a serious auto accident Sunday, a couple hours after I linked to my GRT story. Another driver tried to make a U-turn in front of us and didn't succeed. He's at fault. We're interviewing attorneys. We were both wearing belts, fortunately. My car's totaled and I'm suffering from bumps, bruises, abrasions and a case of "air bag face." Lola's worse. Two of the fingers which had new joints implanted in December are fractured. She may also have spine damage. Her therapy is on hold for weeks if not months. That's all I'll say for now. We'll let the legal professionals take it from here.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

GRT bites: My latest feature for the Sunday opinion pages on Kenny Guinn's proposed gross receipts tax: How it would work and what impact it's likely to have on Nevada's halting attempts to move beyond a tourism-based business environment.

Steve Frates at Claremont McKenna College summed up the economist's objection to the tax well:

The gross receipts tax would be "the kiss of death for business and economic growth. First, it immediately affects all businesses of all types. Next, the small-margin companies are roto-tilled by this tax."

Sure to cause heartburn in Carson City. Or at least we can hope.