Blockchainsville, Harry Reid International, & holy sacred stakeholders amen

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Sounds legit. (Image by WorldSpectrum from Pixabay)
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Sounds legit.
(Image by WorldSpectrum from Pixabay)

The following are excerpts from this week’s Daily Current newsletter, the editor’s opinionated morning news roundup, which you can subscribe to here.

Today’s austerity update (Feb. 2). Conservationists met with several Democratic lawmakers yesterday, virtually, to wax fondly about the potential for clean energy infrastructure development. And there might be legislation to help. Just so long as it’s free, because during this legislative session Steve Sisolak is impersonating David Cameron circa 2010 and Nevada Democratic lawmakers are channeling the Tories.

Harry Reid International Airport (Feb. 3). Commissioner Tick Segerblom’s fondest dream of course is a pot dispensary on every corner. But his second fondest dream is renaming the Las Vegas airport after Harry Reid. I think I speak for the vast majority of Clark County residents (everyone says I have my finger on the pulse of the community ha ha not really no one says that) when I say quit futzing about and just name it Las Vegas International Airport. After all, we’ve paid Billy Vassiliadis an awful lot of public money over the years to convince America that Las Vegas is not a metropolitan area but a brand. Might as well apply it accordingly.

Cryptohype County, Nevada, (Feb. 4). In case you missed the RJ’s story, or NI’s (no paywall at the latter), legislation has been drafted at the behest of your governor to let tech companies set up their own local governments.

On the bright side (where I’m always looking), if Blockchains LLC, the company the legislation is being written to serve, meets a not uncommon crypto-industrial-complex fate, it will collapse under the weight of its own hype and dissolve into the thin air upon which it is built well before it establishes a dystopian sci-fi style tech-bro caste system and corporatocracy in Storey County. (Besides, Elon’s already been there done that).

On the not so bright side, the Associated Press moved a version of the RJ’s story last night and now it is appearing on news sites around the nation and the world, so Nevada very likely will be subjected to merciless mockery and scorn, and deservedly so.

But on the other bright side, we’re used to that.

Your United States Senate (Feb. 5)… including that half of it (plus Kamala) that isn’t Republican, has all but thrown in the towel on gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Nevada legislators and the governor have proven time and again in countless ways that they care quite a little bit more about the opinions of employers – the holy sacred stakeholders, amen – than they do about concerns of employees. Oh relax, Nevada isn’t as special as it likes to think it is: The same is more or less true of every state government in the country.

But while Nevada is scheduled to have a $12 minimum wage in 2024, the minimum wage in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington (just keeping it regional) is already $12 or higher. Guess Nevada’s legislators and governor are confident workers in those states are just worth more than workers in this one.

Prove me wrong, legislators and governor. Because it looks like Biden and Congress won’t be bailing you out on this one.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.