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How Gaming Benefits Nevada

Providing jobs and supporting the services all Nevadans depend on... As the largest employer and taxpayer in the state, gaming and tourism can be directly and indirectly credited with affording Nevada citizens a higher standard of living. Nevada's resort industry pays more than $1.8 billion in taxes and fees annually, funds nearly 40 percent of the State General Fund and is the single largest contributor to state education funding. Nevada’s hotels and casinos pay all of the taxes paid by businesses generally, and also bear industry-specific taxes that help support K-12 schools and public colleges and universities, build streets and highways and provide other essential services at the state and local level.

Helping Nevada’s economy expand... The health and prosperity of tourism and gaming has allowed Nevada to become one of only a handful of states that does not collect a state personal or corporate income tax, providing both the individual and small business less tax burden and additional economic freedom. Nevada’s leisure and hospitality employees not only earn more on average than their counterparts in other states, but help generate significantly more tax dollars than other industries, allowing Nevada to have one of the lowest household tax burdens in the country.

A community partner... In addition to the economic and fiscal impacts, the tourism industry in Nevada also gives back to the community and makes environmental investments to be a more sustainable industry. Nevada's gaming companies have partnered with local organizations to put forth programs that will improve living conditions for residents as well as develop programs for the state's schools and students, such as Station Casino's Smart Start education program. Nevada's hotel-casino partners have also made strides to enhance their properties to be more sustainable, earning national recognition in green achievements. The following are just a few highlights of the industry's social and environmental impacts.

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