Interview: Stadium Bill Heads To Nevada Assembly

Oct 12, 2016

The Nevada legislature will convene Thursday to continue evaluating a large public funding package for a new NFL stadium in Las Vegas. Joe Schoenmann with KNPR's State of Nevada joins our News Director Michelle Billman to share the latest.

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The Nevada State Senate voted on Tuesday to forge ahead with a plan to provide $750 million of public money to a stadium that may house the NFL’s Raiders.

The vote was 16 to 5. Journalist John L. Smith noted on KNPR’s State of Nevada that lawmakers were swayed by the argument for more jobs:

“The laborers union made a remarkable show of force there. However, one of the senators said ‘well, if we put that $750 million dollars in an infrastructure account and built schools and improved our infrastructure it would employ more, certainly more construction workers than a stadium deal." 

The Senate also approved a .11 percent sales tax to pay for more police in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, where the stadium will be located. The stadium question now goes to the State Assembly, which will return to session Thursday, after the Yom Kippur holiday.