What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, unless you're talking about their underwater home loans. These are agreements that individuals agreed to pay, they posted collateral, and now the collateral is worth less than the loan they wish to reduce the loan amount... wait, shouldn't they have to post new collateral? The current administration doesn't think so, Bill Gross is unsure at best, and North Las Vegas City Council has signed an advisory agreement with Mortgage Resolution Partners, a hedge fund dressed in sheep's clothing, that includes exploring a plan where the City/County would effectively condemn the mortgages of its citizens, forcing the banks to write them off, and then re-issuing new mortgages to the citizens so they can stay in their homes. Of course these losses will be spread to taxpayers, pensioners, and other investors in the mortgage market all across the country and internationally. Originators will likely never lend in that city again, or at best will certainly alter the language of their docs to prevent such action if it is even legal in the first place.
This type of short-sighted plan is a good reason to fire your local politicians. They're wasting your tax dollars on a plan that does not even pass the smell test, and its going to cost you millions in legal fees before it blows up in their faces.