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Clark County leaders work on game plan for Carson City

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Updated: 1/11/2013 2:56 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Las Vegas is more than 400 miles away from Carson City, where lawmakers debate and write Nevada policy.

But Clark County makes up 73 percent of the state's population, which is why local leaders want to make sure the north doesn't forget the south.

UNLV played host to the Southern Nevada Forum, where officials discussed hot topics that effect our region from health care to transportation to the economy.

Dozens of mayors, legislators, realtors and community leaders filled a room in the UNLV Foundation Building.

Cara Roberts of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce is one of the people who worked to bring this together. Many of the discussions surround funding.

“The decisions made in Carson City have a direct impact on the economic climate in southern Nevada,” Roberts said.

Robert Lang, director of the UNLV Brookings Mountain West, says Las Vegas could save a lot of money if it didn't subsidize the rest of the state.

“It would add potentially $100 (million) or $200 (million) or $300 million a year and still not close the gap totally in revenue,” Lang said. “You can imagine we're talking about doing an events center … that would be a lot of money for that.

“We're talking about enhancing the schools, enhancing some of the public services around here.”

He also says that transportation is vital to grow the local economy; that includes the proposed Interstate 11 connecting to Phoenix and a high-speed rail to the Inland Empire in California.

But it's the lawmakers in the room who have the legislative power, like Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who agree infrastructure is key to moving forward, but so is education.
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