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Nevada Democrats introduce their plan to create jobs

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Updated: 2/22/2013 1:59 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Democrats in Carson City have unveiled a plan for what may be their biggest initiative of the legislative session.

News 3's Capitol correspondent Mackenzie Warren is in Carson City with a look at the plan.

They want to create jobs by focusing where the state spends money and by giving breaks to job creators.

Nevada needs jobs now and the plan on how to get there is starting to take shape.

Senate Democrats are banding together and pushing four different bills they say will create jobs and spur Nevada's economy.

Senate majority leader Mo Denis leading the way.

“This is a critical time. This is time things that will not only provide for now but for future,” Denis said.

Senator Kelvin Atkinson is pushing to fund infrastructure by shifting millions of dollars brought in by car registration fee's.

The bill is about getting money back into the highway fund.

Atkinson says money has been taken from the highway fund to plug the state's budget, leaving our roads in desperate need of repair.

"Anyone who has driven Nevada's highways and bridges or have been stuck in traffic in the Spaghetti Bowl in southern Nevada knows Nevada's infrastructure is in desperate need of improvement and repair. Road construction would add jobs," Atkinson said.

Senator Aaron Ford says so would his bill SB 165 aimed at the film industry.

“Nevada should be at top of destination list for film production, unfortunately the state is letting other states pass Nevada by failing to offer incentives to come here,” Ford said

Ford wants to give tax breaks to film companies that shoot movies in Nevada:

"This will not only provide jobs for those involved in the productions: but it will boost our tourism industry by giving Nevada publicity in films that will be seen across the world," Ford said.

Movies like "The Hangover" brought Las Vegas exposure money cannot buy.

In a different bill Senator Debbie Smith wants to give businesses credit when hiring Nevadans who are out of work.

"Our employers tell us modified business tax doens't provide great incentive for hiring bc payroll tax --so this bill will provide incentive for someone whos been unemployed," Smith said.

The bills all have a common theme of jobs but the team of democrates offered no specifics on how the bills will be funded.

The fourth bill is one by Senator Debbie Smith that would add $10 million to the "Knowledge Fund."

This is a fund that creates a partnership between our colleges and the private sector.

The big question -- is where this money is coming from?

Once the specifics come out Governor Brian Sandoval says he will sit down with us to share his thoughts.

There was also a lighter moment at today's press conference with Sen. Denis.

Senator Denis took a friendly jab at his cousin, Florida Senator Marco Rubio who's now infamous water sip during his Republican response to the President Obama's State of the Union address went viral.



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