Oakland Raiders Las Vegas NFL Stadium Update – Local Small Subcontractors Law Spiked
The Oakland Raiders lobbists are said to have been behind what’s described as a “spike” of a proposed amendment to the Southern Nevada Tourism and Improvements Act (SNTIA) that would have called for a 15 percent small local subcontractor hiring requirement for the proposed Las Vegas NFL Stadium. This news comes from the Nevada Independent today.
The legislation was introduced by Nevada Independent Senator Patricia Farley, who voted for the SNTIA. The Senator wanted to make sure that Nevada’s small local businesses received work from the Oakland Raiders Las Vegas project. She told the Nevada Independent: “For them to do this, now, so early on, raises my eyebrow in just what is it going to be like to have them here. Are they going to be a community partner and good corporate citizen, or is this just now about the Raiders?”
This news, combined with the rancor around the much-discussed but not done Community Benefits Agreement part of the 12 documents needed to assure the stadium will be made, and the arguments between black Las Vegas contractors and Union Local 872 (which has black membership), together cast an ugly image on a project that does have enough work to go around for everyone. And the Oakland Raiders are at the center of the controversy. (Something that would not have happened in Oakland, if a new NFL stadium were built, because the laws have provisions protecting local small businesses so they get a shot at available work.)