Mi Familia Vota: Question 3 hurts minorities, low-income communities

By: - August 17, 2018 3:35 pm
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solar panels and skyMi Familia Vota, a national nonprofit with a record of active organization within Southern Nevada’s Latino communities, announced its opposition to Question 3 Friday, saying it could potentially harm people of color.

If passed, the ballot measure would amend the Nevada constitution to allow companies to sell electricity on an open market. It has heavy financial backing from Switch and Las Vegas Sands. NV Energy, the regulated utility, is bankrolling opposition to the measure.

Alicia Contreras, Nevada state director for Mi Familia Vota, said in a statement Friday people of color and low-income communities have been impacted the most in states that have “electricity deregulation.”

“Average electricity rates in all 14 deregulated states are higher than Nevada’s rates, and low-income and minority consumers in those states have been targeted by predatory marketing and sales scams,” she said. “Question 3 would also hurt clean energy development in Nevada by canceling plans to double our renewable energy production by 2023. Latino voters – and all Nevadans – should vote NO on Question 3 in November.”

Mi Familia Vota joins other environmental groups that previously came out against initiative. The Sierra Club, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Western Resources Advocates issued a joint statement in July opposing the measure.

Earlier this week, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce also announced its opposition to Question 3.

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Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.