ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — California lawmakers and the governor’s office say they’re making a major effort to lure Tesla Motors’ $5 billion battery factory to the Golden State, according to the Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News.
A bipartisan pair of state senators — Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin — have sponsored “urgency” legislation, expressing “intent to provide financial and regulatory incentives to expedite groundbreaking and construction of the plant in California.”
New Mexico is among five states competing for the plant.
The California bill, SB 1309, contains no details of what those incentives could be, but experts said they are likely to include tax credits, workforce training grants and streamlined permitting and environmental reviews.
“Everything is on the table …” Gaines said in a statement. “We need to show Tesla that we’ll cut through the knot of red tape that frustrates companies in this state and prove that California is open for business.”
“Whenever the state creates incentives for business, it should be for industries that not only bring good-paying, middle-class jobs but also use clean technology to help curb pollution and improve the health of Californians,” Steinberg said in a release. “We can hit both these targets of strengthening our economy and fighting climate change with the construction and operation of this manufacturing plant in California.”