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Senator Reid is working hard to help Nevada’s economy recover and lift Nevada’s families out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. That’s why he led the Senate in passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this winter, and made Nevada’s sales tax deduction permanent. As a result, Nevadans can deduct sales tax they pay from their federal returns.

The Recovery Act will bring more than $1.5 billion to Nevada and create or save roughly 34,000 jobs in the state over the next two years, and we’re already beginning to see the results. Funding from the Recovery Act is putting teachers back in classrooms, police officers back on the street and putting hard-working Nevadans to work on badly-needed infrastructure projects that not only create jobs but help make Nevada an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

The Recovery Act also gave a tax cut to almost a million working Nevadans, brought relief for middle-class families hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax and tax breaks and other relief for small businesses hit hard by the recession. The Recovery Act also brought relief to struggling Nevada families by extending and expanding unemployment insurance benefits, giving the state additional funding for Medicaid and the food stamp program and subsidizing nearly two thirds of COBRA premiums for workers who’ve lost their jobs.

The Recovery Act also makes smart investments in Nevada’s future with millions of dollars for renewable energy technology and energy efficient projects. These investments will create good-paying jobs, help grow Nevada’s economy by helping make us a leader in alternative energy production and help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Senator Reid is also fighting to bolster Nevada’s tourism industry by working with the Obama Administration to end Bush-era policies that unfairly discriminated against cities like Las Vegas and Reno. He’s working across party lines to create a federal travel promotion authority, modeled on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which would help market the United States as a tourist destination. And when one of the largest single construction projects on the Las Vegas Strip was in danger of being shut down and costing 10,000 workers their jobs, Senator Reid stepped in and did what he could to help make sure that didn’t happen.

“We’re closer to the starting line than the finish, but we’re most definitely on our way to helping our state and our nation not only recover, but prosper. An ancient saying tells us that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I’m proud to say we’ve taken more than a few steps in the right direction — and I’m determined to keep going.”- Senator Harry Reid

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