But editors know—or certainly should know—that extra resources will be needed to make these kinds of assessments, because in almost every session of almost every legislature, industries will seek tax breaks, asserting that they are needed to create jobs. It is a plot line so predictable that Nevada’s major media should have no difficulty preparing for it to appear once again when the Nevada Legislature next meets.

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John Mecklin is the California and Nevada correspondent for the United States Project, CJR's politics and policy desk. He is the deputy editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Follow him on Twitter @meckdevil.