EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 4%: The unemployment rate in Nevada has declined from 7.3% to 4% since 1993. 307,700 New Jobs: 307,700 new jobs have been created in Nevada since 1993 -- an average of 47,953 jobs per year-compared to an average of just 23,450 jobs per year during the previous administration. 279,200 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 279,200 new private sector jobs have been created-an average of 43,512 jobs per year, compared to an average of just 19,025 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration. 14,800 New Manufacturing Jobs: 14,800 manufacturing jobs have been created in Nevada since 1993 -- an average of 2,306 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of only 675 manufacturing jobs were created each year during the previous administration. 44,600 New Construction Jobs: 44,600 construction jobs have been created in Nevada since 1993 -- an average of 6,951 jobs per year. In contrast, only 75 construction jobs were created under the previous administration. 56,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 24,000 Nevada workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage-from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 32,000 more received an additional raise-from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the Balanced Budget delivers a child tax credit to 170,000 families in Nevada. Home Ownership Has Increased in Nevada: Home ownership in Nevada increased from 56.9% to 61.8% since the fourth quarter of 1993. Home Building Up 10.6%: Home building has increased by an average of 10.6% per year since 1993, after falling over 13.4% per year during the previous four years. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Nevada this year.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Over 2,000 Children in Head Start: Over 2,000 Nevada children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Nevada will receive $11.7 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $5.4 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Nevada's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Nevada receives $5.6 million in 1999 to hire about 145 new public school teachers. And under President's Clinton's proposal, Nevada would receive $7 million in FY00 to support a total of 178 teachers. Nearly $2 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Nevada receives over $2 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. $2.1 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Nevada receives $2.1 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Connecting Nevada's Schools and Libraries to the Internet: The E-rate program is part of the Administration's effort to connect every classroom and library to the information superhighway, giving every child access to the resources and knowledge available online. This program helps schools and libraries by providing discounts of 20 to 90 percent on telecommunications services, internal connections and Internet access - with the largest discounts going to the poorest urban and rural schools. In the first year of funding alone, Nevada received over $5.3 million in E-rate discounts. Over $23.9 Million for Students Most in Need: Nevada will receive over $23.9 million in Title I grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY99]. This is an increase of nearly $1.8 million over FY98 funding. 9,600 Students Will Receive Pell Grants This Year: This year [FY00], Nevada will receive $17.4 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting a total of 9,600 Nevada students. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Nevada will receive $1.4 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Nevada students work their way through college. Over 300 Have Served in Nevada through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 340 AmeriCorps members have earned money for college by working in Nevada's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 11/98] Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 35,000 students in Nevada will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 43,000 students in Nevada will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY00 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Nevada's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Nevada will receive $4.8 million in 1999 to help 2,870 of Nevada's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Juvenile Arrests Down in Nevada: Nevada's juvenile arrests have decreased 85% between 1992 and 1997. [FBI, Uniform Crime Report, 1992 and 1997] 240 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 240 new police officers to date in communities across Nevada. [through 7/99] Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Nevada, the Clinton Administration has awarded a Drug Court grant to the community of Las Vegas. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. Over $1.6 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Nevada received $1.64 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. $400,000 in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Nevada received $400,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse. $2.2 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Nevada's Schools: Nevada receives $2.2 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING NEVADA RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
14,660 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 14,660 fewer people on welfare in Nevada now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 42% decrease. [through 3/99] Child Support Collections Up 116%: Child support collections have increased by over $37 million-or 116% -- in Nevada since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Nevada: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of his strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen birth rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 5% in Nevada. $10.2 Million for California Welfare-to-Work: In 1998 and 1999, Nevada received $6.8 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $3.4 million in funding), helping Nevada welfare recipients get and keep jobs. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Nevada has received a total of $848,000 this year to fund an innovative transit project.
INVESTING IN NEVADA'S HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to more uninsured children in Nevada the balanced budget provided $30.4 million in 1998. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health care coverage to 11,600 children in Nevada. Helping 38,000 Nevada Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Nevada received $19.8 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 38,000 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance, 11,000 more than in 1994. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC, by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Nevada in 1997, 93% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 90% received the vaccine for polio; 89% received the vaccine for measles, and 91% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $15.4 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Nevada communities received $15.4 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 39% in Nevada: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 39% in Nevada by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 18,000 of Nevada's youth will be kept from smoking and 5,700 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 860,000 Americans in Nevada Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Nevada enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 860,000 people in Nevada cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 400,000 Nevada women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
$8.2 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY99], thanks to President Clinton, Nevada will receive $7.4 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems. In addition, Nevada will receive $742,400 in Public Water Supply Supervision grants to help monitor drinking water quality and enforce health standards. Revitalizing Brownfields Project in Nevada: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to the communities of Las Vegas and Ely Shoshone Tribe for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. This project is intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING RURAL AND URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
Revitalizing Nevada's Communities: Las Vegas was designated an Enterprise Community in December, 1994 and was awarded $3 million to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for area residents. In 1999, Las Vegas/ North Las Vegas was designated a Strategic Planning Community. Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Will Help Develop 1,300 To 1,600 New Affordable Housing Units in Nevada Over the Next 5 Years: Last year, the President and Vice President pushed for a 40-percent expansion in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. This year, the President and Vice President will try again to enact tax incentives to develop affordable housing. In Nevada alone, this proposal would mean an additional 1,300 - 1,600 quality rental housing units for low-income American families during the next five years. Helping Rural Nevada Families: Since 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $206.5 million in Nevada for rural economic development efforts including rural water and sewer, housing and business assistance.[through FY98]
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$31 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Nevada has received $31 million in disaster relief. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $773 Million in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Nevada has received over $773 million in federal highway aid. Included in this funding is $100,000 for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $1.7 million for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 20,885 jobs. [through FY98] Over $212 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY98 Nevada received over $212 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. Over $105 Million in Transit Funds: Nevada has received over $105 million in FTA funds since 1993.
Last Updated August 1999