The “Nevada Jobs First” bill puts Nevada business owners and Nevada workers at the head of the line when it comes to bidding on State and local public works projects.
Assembly Speaker John Oceguera has released the following statement.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“NEVADA JOBS FIRST” OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES ASSEMBLY
First part of Democratic economic development agenda heads to Senate
CARSON CITY—Today, the Assembly passed “Nevada Jobs First” (A.B. 144) legislation. Speaker John Oceguera, Speaker Pro Tempore Debbie Smith and Assistant Majority Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick sponsored the legislation.
“Nevada Jobs First” legislation gives priority in bidding on state and local public works projects to Nevada businesses that employ Nevada workers. The legislation is critically important in addressing both our record unemployment and the incredible damage done to the construction sector by the economic crisis. Experts say for every dollar spent, under the legislation, $1.47 will be generated back into the Nevada economy.
With passage of the “Nevada Jobs First” legislation, the Assembly has passed the first part of the Democratic economic development agenda. The Democratic economic development agenda includes “School Works,” “Nevada Trades,” and more legislation to be introduced next week.
“Nevada Jobs First” is supported by Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, Washoe County, Clark County, City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Associated General Contractors, Building Jobs Coalition, AFL-CIO, laborers, contractors, painters and allied trades, building trade workers, electrical workers, and renewable energy industry representatives.
“This is a major step forward for Nevada, bringing us in line with what other states have done,” Oceguera said. “When our state contracts go out of state, those are jobs that Nevadans could be doing. This legislation addresses that problem, creates jobs for Nevadans, strengthens our economy, and ensures state revenue raised in Nevada is spent in Nevada.”
“Nevada Jobs First provides incentives for businesses to bring jobs funded with taxpayer dollars back where they belong—in Nevada,” Smith said. “It ensures Nevada companies with Nevada contracts have a presence in our state, not just a pretend presence.”
“These are tough times for Nevada and we all—workers, businesses, the general public—have a stake in what happens here,” Kirkpatrick said. “We simply cannot afford for businesses accepting taxpayer money to be using that money to send jobs out of state.”
Under “Nevada Jobs First,” any contract for a public work awarded to a contractor must meet these criteria:
- At least 50% of all workers employed on public works will be Nevada residents.
- All vehicles used primarily for public works must be registered in the State of Nevada.
- 50% of the design professionals working on public works, including employees of the contractor, will hold a valid Nevada driver’s license identification card issued by the Nevada DMV.
- 25% of the materials used for public works are purchased in the state.
- All payroll records for the public work must be housed in the state of Nevada.
“Nevada Jobs First” includes penalties if the rules are not followed.
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