The Federal Government possesses 83% of our land in Nevada, higher than any other state. The ability to acquire federal land for economic development requires a diverse series of bureaucratic verdicts or an act of Congress before we can tap into our own resources for economic development, and we must be vigilant against federal measures that work against our ability to economically benefit from Nevada’s agriculture, grazing, mining, and recreational industries. We must also be mindful of any direction of local policy that would jeopardize the current economic viability of any industry here at home, such as our mining industry; our rural economy relies on mining to create and sustain
good jobs, and this industry will suffer from the uncertainty that is created when its viability is threatened. Ninety-six percent of the world’s gold mines are outside of Nevada, and we must do our part to encourage rather than discourage exploration companies from investing in the Silver State. Besides gold, Nevada resources includes silver, gypsum, diatomite, lime, clay, copper and more, giving us greater potential for additional direct and indirect jobs that Nevada needs now.