News Release

UnidosUS Las Vegas Roundtable Tackles Top Latino Policy Priorities, Unveils New Nevada Voter Poll

July 24, 2019

LAS VEGAS— Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) hosted a roundtable discussion focused on the Family Agenda for Nevada’s Latino community and the release of Nevada figures from a recent national poll UnidosUS conducted of Hispanic voters. Panelists at the Las Vegas event included Nevada State Senators Yvanna Cancela (D-10) and Moises Denis (D-02); Nevada State Assemblyman Edgar Flores (D-28); Jennifer Brown, Associate Director of Economic Policy, UnidosUS and Rafael Collazo, Political Director, UnidosUS and was moderated by Todd Quinones, Anchor, ABC News. Participants discussed the state of Latinos in Nevada with specific focus on federal policies that can be further protected or expanded to help Latino families in the state continue on a road to progress.

More than a decade after the Great Recession, the economy and employment continue to be issues of top concern for Nevada’s Hispanics, in fact the Nevada numbers for the UnidosUS poll of Latino voters unveiled during the afternoon event, demonstrate that jobs and the economy rank as the top issue voters want candidates to address—25% of respondents identified it as their top issue. When asked what specifically concerned them about the economy, the most common responses were: unemployment, not enough jobs, and job insecurity. Respondents of the poll also identified what they are looking for in an Ideal presidential candidate—Nevadans prioritized a candidate who will: increase the federal minimum wage, paid family leave policies, tax credits and federal funding for child care programs, and funding for affordable housing.

“While we’ve seen some progress for Latinos in Nevada terms of their economic well-being, there’s still more work to be done to help Latino Nevadans not only make ends meet, but thrive economically. These can be accomplished through the protection and enactment of federal policies, including increasing the minimum wage; closing the gender wage gap; enacting a federal paid family leave law; expanding tax credits and federal funding to reduce child care costs; and making housing more affordable. ” said Jennifer Brown, Associate Director, Economic Policy Project, UnidosUS.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
news@unidosus.org
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