As we continue our state’s economic recovery, nothing is more important than our recent efforts to diversify our economy and bring new, high-paying jobs to Nevada. During the two sessions I have served as your assemblyman, we have worked hard not only to bring those new jobs to Nevada, but also to help ensure they are filled by local workers and supported by local businesses. In special legislative sessions in 2014 and 2015, I was proud to support legislation to bring not only thousands of new jobs to Nevada, but also badly needed new revenue into our economy. These projects were part of a comprehensive effort to attract new industry with high-paying jobs to Nevada that began in 2011 with the revamping of Nevada’s economic development agencies.
Particularly important to our economy and job creation in northern Nevada was legislation we passed in 2014 to bring Tesla Motors here. Tesla Motors located a $5 billion factory to build lithium batteries for electric cars in northern Nevada. The plant, which is located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park, is projected to generate 6500 direct jobs and between 15,000 and 20,000 indirect jobs.
I will continue to work to ensure that these new jobs Tesla brings to our state go to Nevada workers to help rebuild our economy.In 2015, we passed legislation to bring Faraday Future to Southern Nevada. This project is projected to employ 13,500 workers—4500 direct and 9000 indirect jobs. State officials estimate the company will generate $760 million in tax revenue over the next 20 years.
As we work to bring new businesses to Nevada, we must continue to work to help existing small businesses thrive and to help local business startups get off the ground, including businesses owned by women and minorities. We have taken steps to make our state business license portal more efficient and business-friendly; we must continue to find ways to help new and existing businesses succeed.
Working Men and Women
While our economy continues to improve, too many workers are still unemployed, underemployed or worried about job security or benefits. I strongly support efforts to raise Nevada’s minimum wage, to improve opportunities for job retraining, to ensure equal pay for women doing the same work as men, and creating an earned sick leave program for workers.