Mining Association Executive Director Tim Crowley said Wednesday that industry provides far-reaching benefits to Nevada's economy over and above the roughly $60 million a year in net proceeds taxes miners pay the state.
He spoke Wednesday morning at the Northern Nevada Development Authority breakfast at the Gold Dust West.
He said miners are criticized as taking minerals out of Nevada, but that overlooks what they put into the state.
Crowley said there is the huge amount of money that must be invested in equipment to open a mine - all of which is taxed when purchased.
"We pay all the …