Imagine an alternative universe in which today’s banner newspaper story reads something like this:
CARSON CITY — The Nevada state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill raising the hotel room taxes in Nye County to fund a 65-bed brothel to spur economic activity in the county and create jobs.
Next the Assembly will take up the measure.
Proponents say the $1 million construction project will create temporary construction jobs and then create permanent part-time jobs for the brothel employees, as well as ancillary jobs in linen and limo services.
Backers said it matters not that the state budget is already reeling from a $400 million shortfall due to underperforming taxes because of overly optimistic projections. They say the bonds to build the brothel will be repaid by the room tax, even though it could have been used to build schools, roads, parks or libraries.
What’s good for the brothel industry is good for the state, industry leaders assured the lawmakers. They also told lawmakers to ignore the fact that every other such publicly financed project in the country has failed to live up to projections.