Friday, Nov. 24, 2017|2 a.m.
Lance Gilman, partner-broker of the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, just recently returned from Washington, D.C., excited about President Donald Trump’s ability to cut federal policies instead of writing them.
He stated Trump’s concentrate on deregulating was the focus as Gilman consulted with high-ranking members of the administration along with other state, county and community leaders from throughout the nation.
Gilman, likewise a Storey County commissioner, was pleased that the administration would seek the viewpoints of “grass-roots” chosen authorities. He said on “Nevada Newsmakers” that he is positive that deregulation will stimulate financial advancement in Northern Nevada.
“They are taking a look at simplifying, decontroling and (seeking) less documentation,” Gilman stated.
Trump has withdrawn more than 800 proposed policies from the Obama administration, according to multiple news reports.
Gilman called Trump’s deregulation agenda “the unknown story of the administration,” suggesting that Trump’s deregulation strategy is a larger success than Trump placing a brand-new justice on the United States Supreme Court.
“I’m sure this is what is driving our stock exchange,” Gilman said. “Folks know. It is occurring at all levels– monetary, advancement– it’s just incredible.”
Gilman is optimistic about future federal funding for jobs in Northern Nevada. He likewise sees Trump cutting the length of time to get licenses for advancements and developing tasks under of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
“We’re visiting some significant modifications in the amount of documents required and the timelines they are now committing,” Gilman said.
Highway building was also discussed with federal authorities, Gilman said.
“One of the problems we are looking at in your area is federal facilities– Interstate 80, perhaps brand-new highways or facilities advancement,” Gilman said.
“The Nevada Department of Transportation gets a lot of compliments from the federal level,” he stated. “But NDOT’s hands are connected when it comes to NEPA authorizations. That is your national environmental license. (They must be authorized) before you can touch anything of a federal nature, and those licenses typical nine years to obtain one.”
While I-80 would be a top priority for Gilman’s Tahoe Reno Industrial Complex (TRI), he also sees many more areas where federal highway dollars could be invested in Northern Nevada.
“(U.S.) 395 is running north and south with rush hour, so the information that I received from NDOT is that they want to see about $3 billion worth (of tasks) over the next 10 years approximately carried out here in Northern Nevada. All that, naturally, needs NEPA authorizations.’
In addition to more east-west port roadways, other facilities improvements are required, Gilman said.
Gilman said he is less confident that Congress will approve financing. “I don’t understand what is taking place on Congress, openly,” Gilman stated. “I’m very disappointed in that side of our federal government.”
Trump is not getting the credit for what he is aiming to achieve, Gilman said. “I am going to tell you that Trump is like that duck and he is paddling genuine quick under water,” he said.
Ray Hagar is a retired political journalist from the Reno Gazette-Journal and present reporter/columnist for the Nevada Newsmakers podcast and site, nevadanewsmakers.com. Follow Ray on Twitter at @RayHagarNV.