In honor of Black History Month, KNPR's State of Nevada is profiling different African American citizens who have made a difference in our state. Former State Senator Joe Neal spent 32 years in state politics. He's weighed in on issues from nuclear waste to hotel fire safety, and he's still vocal about the state's best interests even in retirement. That's a far cry from the teenager who arrived in the 1950s and wanted to run back to Louisiana when he saw all the "white sand, dust, and no trees." Sen. Joe Neal talks about how Las Vegas has evolved, for better or worse, his dealings with civil rights and white supremacy groups in the 1960s, his battles in the legislature, and what it will take for Nevada to pull out of the recession.
Sen. Neal, could you tell the audience what you told the legislative committee at the Grant Sawyer building during the last budget battle when you appeared before them and discussed how gaming could afford a tax on their gross earnings? I was especially moved when you told all the legisaltors on the committee, Republican and Democratic, that they knew the money was there and that taxing gaming more was the right thing to do. Jim in Henderson –Feb 22, 2012 08:46:54 AM