LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Governor Joe Lombardo has issued a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to release federal lands in Nevada for affordable housing developments.

In the letter, Lombardo stated that the federal government has “arbitrarily” restricted Nevada’s statewide growth through inflation, increased interest rates, and dwindling housing inventory.

“With 85% of Nevada land federally owned and managed, the lack of collaboration by our federal partners, including this administration, has greatly limited our ability to take action,” he continued. “I urge you to cut the bureaucratic red tape that prevents Nevada communities from achieving their housing and economic development goals.”

Gov. Lombardo further criticized the White House, stating, “Additionally, your administration recently created a 500,000-acre national monument in Southern Nevada. If your administration met Nevada’s housing crisis with the same level of resolve, our communities would have room to grow and would be more equipped to meet pressing housing needs.”

Gov. Lombardo concluded in his letter, “Nevada can no longer afford the federal government’s broken and backlogged bureaucracy. We need the federal government to be a partner in addressing the housing crisis and act immediately to reduce the barriers and bureaucracy that stand between Nevada families and affordable homes. I hope you will join me to work on these important issues.”

This letter comes in anticipation of President Biden’s visit to both Reno and Las Vegas, which is set for Tuesday.


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