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Democrat Candidate Favors Eliminating Nearly 1,000 Jobs Held By Native Americans on Navajo Nation

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Posted: May 12, 2013 at 9:52 am   /   by

Democrat Candidate Favors Eliminating Nearly 1,000 Jobs Held By Native Americans on Navajo Nation

PHOENIX – In what can only be described as a first, Nancy LaPlaca, Democratic candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, just became the only Democrat candidate openly supporting the elimination of nearly 1,000 jobs for members of the Navajo Nation.
“In her recent missive in the Arizona Republic, LaPlaca completely ignores that fact that closing Navajo Generating Station would result in the loss of nearly 1,000 jobs for the Navajo Nation.  That’s wrong.  We should be working to bring more jobs to the reservations, not killing them. It’s an example of how extreme LaPlaca and the Democrats on her anti-jobs team truly are,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.
According to an April 2013 report by Arizona State University, Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine: An Economic Impact Analysis for the Navajo Nation, NGS and the Kayenta Mine, the plant’s coal supplier, will contribute $12.94 billion to the Navajo Nation economy through sustained jobs and wages if the plant was to remain operational through 2044.
NGS currently employs about 518 people, nearly 86 percent of whom are Native American.  The Kayenta Mine has more than 400 employees, of whom about 90 percent are also Native American.
“It’s time for Arizona to reject extremists like Nancy LaPlaca.  In November of 2014, we will all have that chance,” concluded Graham.