Skip Daly on Union Jobs: Wrong Then, Wrong Now

(Chuck Muth) – Nevada Assemblyman Skip Daly (D-Washoe) had an op-ed published over the weekend by the Reno Gazette-Journal attacking his conservative Republican opponent, former Assemblywoman Jill Dickman.

In it he hit Mrs. Dickman for voting in favor of “hundreds of millions of our tax dollars on a billionaire’s pet project in Las Vegas” in 2016.

This is, of course and naturally, at the very least, misleading.

The project Daly’s talking about is the newly-opened Allegiant Stadium.

But as far as it being funded with “our” tax dollars – especially as it pertains to the voters of Assembly District 31 – that’s absolutely false.

Those tax dollars come from tourists via the room tax they pay when staying at Las Vegas resort hotels, not Reno or anywhere else in the state.

In addition, the room tax was originally created, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, way back in 1957 “for the promotion of tourism in Southern Nevada.”

And building a world-class stadium facility in the Entertainment Capital of the World is certainly absolutely consistent with the tax’s established purpose.

But what’s really interesting about this attack by Mr. Daly is the fact that he’s the head of the Laborers’ Union in northern Nevada whose job, one would suspect, is to support construction jobs for the union’s members.

At the time the funding bill was passed in 2016, it was estimated that the project would create 3,000 to 4,000 union construction jobs.

Assemblywoman Dickman supported creating those 3,000 to 4,000 union construction jobs.

Assemblyman Daly opposed creating those 3,000 to 4,000 union construction jobs.

Assemblywoman Dickman was right.

Assemblyman Daly was wrong.

And still is.

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Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views and founder/owner of The Campaign Doctor.  He blogs personally at