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Pay Poor Tax ImageSnowbirds who call Nevada their home away from home could soon be paying more for the privilege of temporarily residing in the Silver State if proponents of Assembly Bill 405 have their way.

Currently, any individual 10 years of age or older who resides in Nevada for a period of 31 or more consecutive days is required to obtain a “seasonal” identification card, although it’s doubtful that most snowbirds are even aware of that requirement.

The current cost of the seasonal ID is $12, or $7 for seniors. If AB405 should become law, the price of that card will increase to $17 for everybody. Seasonal ID cards are valid for a period of four years.

Should AB405 become law snowbirds would be required to affix a seasonal decal to any vehicle not registered in the state of Nevada. As currently proposed, the cost for the decal will be $18, and it will have to be renewed every year.

For snowbirds driving a Class A motor coach and towing a passenger vehicle, the cost of visiting Nevada for an extended period of time increases $41, to a total of $53. That’s money those visitors presumably could have spent buying fuel, eating at restaurants and gambling in the state’s casinos.

AB405 was sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, a Democrat who represents a portion of Clark County and is chair of that chamber’s Transportation Committee. One of the affiliations Carrillo lists on his webpage is the Alliance for Retired Americans.

The Nevada Assembly voted 40-1 Tuesday to forward the bill to the Senate for its consideration. The Legislature’s last scheduled day of business is June 3.

“Assembly Bill 405 reminds me of the issue with the RVers and dry camping back in 2006,” said Connie Davis, executive director of the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce. “The economic impact that issue caused was tremendous, due to the fact that the RVers went national with the message that Laughlin doesn’t like RVs. To this day, we still haven’t recovered.

“Snowbirds and RVers bring in tourism dollars to Laughlin and the whole Tri-state area,” continued Davis. “The perceived benefits from AB405 won’t outweigh the negative effects. Those folks will go spend their money elsewhere.”

Story Source: Mohave Valley Daily News

 

Montana — Yellowstone National Park officials proposed adding a second entrance near the Roosevelt Arch to help abate traffic congestion at the popular landmark.

The historic stone archway at the park’s northern entrance near Gardiner is a popular place for visitors to stop for photos.

The proposal released Thursday calls for a new access road that will let visitors avoid the line of vehicles under the arch. It would also expand parking and add new pedestrian walkways in downtown Gardiner just outside of the entrance.

The National Park Service is taking public comment on the plan until Aug. 13. The proposal is open for public review and can be found online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yell.

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Washington — Summer is the time for… climbing the peak … hitting the trail… rafting the gorge …even discovering our history. Before heading out for adventure, all but the most spontaenous traveler spends at least a little time planning an itinerary, negotiating routes and researching the environs. If you’re looking for great places and things to do, we’ve got the site for you.

The National Park Service’s 2010 Summer Adventure trip planning website connects visitors to travel resources, events and services at national parks across the country. Visit the Summer Adventure site at: http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/plan_your_visit/index.htm.

An easy-to-navigate design links visitors to sites of interest, lodging, upcoming events and tips to get the most out of their national park adventure. An interactive calendar makes it easy to search for special events by state or by park. Visitors will also find information about educational programs in the national parks and an array of travel guides.

Last year more than 285 million people visited national parks. Make this the year for your national park adventure.

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