Top 5 Strategies

for creating jobs

  1. Create the Nevada Job Bonds Support Fund
    11,495 Jobs
  2. Require State and Local Governments to Dedicate Annual Appropriations / Authorizations
    3,823 Jobs
  3. Eliminate Tax Rate Sunsets Dedicated to Capital Projects
    3,077 Jobs

  4. Provide a Streamlined Permitting Process and Permit and Planning Fee Abatements
    3,483 Jobs
  5. Index the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax
    5,192 Jobs

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Economic Conditions

Nevada’s economy has been ravaged by the economic recession that began in December 2007. The economic downturn has required private sector employers to cut 179,400 jobs, and, at the same time, reduce hours, wages and benefits for their remaining employees. There is no precedent for these impacts in Nevada’s modern history.

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Top 5 Strategies

For Creating Jobs in Nevada


Create the Nevada Job Bonds Support Fund, a Stable, Dedicated Revenue Source for Capital Projects »

Providing for public infrastructure is a fundamental obligation of government. Without roads, bridges, buildings, and other public facilities, businesses could not conduct commerce and individuals could not participate in their government or avail themselves of necessary services. Infrastructure is a necessity, not a luxury, and its construction and replacement should not depend on realization of unpredictable surpluses or inordinate amounts of borrowing.

Require State and Local Governments to Dedicate Annual Appropriations / Authorizations Sufficient to Properly Maintain Core Infrastructure Assets »

Only in recent years has government begun to account for depreciation of assets in its financial statements, and it is becoming clear that the state and local governments are not keeping up with major maintenance of core infrastructure. Regardless of the idea that depreciation is a non-cash expense and not always representative of the cost of actual maintenance required during the period, it is fiscally unsound to construct physical projects without specific plans to fund their upkeep and/or eventual replacement. Highlighting this issue in the current biennium based on a cursory review of financial statements reveals the following examples.

Eliminate Tax Rate Sunsets Dedicated to Capital Projects and Otherwise Increase Financing Flexibility Where Doing So Could Accelerate Essential Infrastructure Projects »

One example of this type of opportunity relates to the ¼ of 1 percent tax dedicated to water and waste water programs in southern Nevada. NRS 377B.100 currently requires the ordinance imposing this tax to provide for the cessation of the tax when the total sum collected exceeds $2.3 billion, or on June 30, 2025, whichever is later. The combination of the prolonged decline in taxable sales and the long-term needs for water and wastewater capital investment has rendered the original projections for this financing program obsolete. Consideration should be given to repealing the sunsets for both the dollar amount and the time frame. This strategy could be immediately effectuated by amending NRS 377B to remove the sunset on ¼ cent water and wastewater infrastructure tax in Clark County.

Require Local Governments to Provide a Streamlined Permitting Process and Permit and Planning Fee Abatements for Reuse or Improvement of Underutilized Real Property Assets »

Planning hurdles create a formidable obstacle for construction, development and design industries. At times, developers may have an opportunity to convert a vacant or underutilized property to a higher or better use, but they cannot because antiquated regulations do not permit the conversion, or obtaining the desired use permits is such a long and costly process that it makes the project impracticable or infeasible. One potential strategy would be to mandate an accelerated process and to abate permitting and planning fees where a project meets a set of established criteria such as: (1) puts underutilized property to a higher and better use; (2) the project would be completed in less than 12 months; and (3) the project would create more than 50 net new Nevada jobs.

Index the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Imposed on the Sale of Motor Vehicle Fuels Statewide, Directing Additional Funds to Local Transportation Infrastructure Programs »

Presently, all fuel taxes, except those in Washoe County are flat amounts per gallon, effectively restricting growth in revenue to growth in number of gallons sold, a manner of taxation unresponsive to increases in vehicle fuel economy and the cost of construction.