There is no state income tax, personal or corporate in Nevada.
Sales tax runs at 7.25%, they tax *everything* involving tourists (airport, rental cars, bed tax, etc.)
They have a substantial gaming tax, which Montana would probably never rival.
It's interesting (read "annoying") to me that the nearest oil refinery to Las Vegas is over 300 miles away, yet their gas is an average of 30 cents a gallon less than I'm paying in Billings with 3 refineries here.
We're trying to support a state bigger than most 3rd world nations with 1/2 the population of 'Vegas.
We get a miniscule fraction of the tourist traffic they get.
We have more residents over the age of 60 than under 30.
A journeyman roofer in 'Vegas makes $19.23 and hour, I get offers for $14.00 an hour here.
On the flip side, I 've been back home 2 years now and have yet to hear a drive-by shooting.
Bambi strolls through my yard every morning for breakfast.
My nearest neighbor would have to use a 30.06 and be an olympic caliber shot to maim my dog.
My water hasn't been drank 6 times before.
I don't have any idea how we'll get out of the economic rut we're in, or if we ever will. "The company" (Anaconda, et al) set a precedent that's not easy to fix.
Given the choice between the big bucks and fast-lane life of 'Vegas and being a 5th generation Miles Cityan living in Montana, paying through the nose to be here, I think I kinda like it here better.