DeSalvio, Candidate for Assembly District 19 Part 2: Transportation
Issues Interview With Assembly 13 Candidate Louis DeSalvio
DeSalvio is running for Assembly District 13 covering
much of the northwestern area of Clark County. Louis serves
as the Southern Nevada Laborers’ Union training
director. This is his first run for public office.
Highway Users Coalition: Do you have any innovative
ideas for funding the future of transportation in Nevada?
DeSalvio: I do not favor raising taxes.
I am hearing from my constituents that they may be willing
to pay for tolls but they think most of the toll roads
should be on the borders of the state. We need to work
on our roads and transportation systems to create more
jobs, which in turn creates more revenue and better infrastructure.
Do you see vehicle miles traveled fees, weight
distance taxes, toll roads or additional fees as part
of the solution to solving our transportation funding
I do not favor vehicle miles traveled fees but would be
willing to learn more about weight distance taxes. I would
like to learn more about other options outside of the
gas taxes as our only source of funding transportation.
As you are walking door to door and meeting with
potential future constituents in the state of Nevada,
are you hearing about transportation issues?
I am hearing a lot about mass transit and more direct
routes. Many of my constituents are commuters. My future
constituents would like to take trains, if possible, to
a central business district where they could connect to
other mass transit.
Are you aware that the 2009 legislature redirected
an estimated $50 million from a portion of the Government
services tax on vehicle registration fees that would have
gone to transportation funding? Would you support reinstating
that money into the Department of Transportation budgets
that have the potential of creating $500 million worth
of road and highway projects earlier than the 2013 session?
Yes, I would like to redirect these funds. I am tired
of short term solutions to fix long-term problems. Redirecting
funds from unrelated areas is not the way to govern. We
need to look at the overall budget early in the session
and not try to patch things together. When we do not look
at the whole picture early, we find out too late that
we have made errors.
3 and 4 will feature Assembly Candidates, Richard “Skip”
Daly, District 31(Reno and Sparks) and John Ellison, District
33 (Northeastern Nevada).