In the week and a half since Jerry Hirsch of the Los Angeles Times’ broke a story on billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s use of subsidies as key to his business’ plans, the story has gone viral.
By Jonathan O'Connell April 10, 2015
RENO — For months, Randy Walden peddled a 30-week course in manufacturing at Truckee Meadows Community College, in its warehouse campus by Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
By Reid Wilson Sept. 25, 2014
Last October, representatives from Tesla reached out to economic development officials in a handful of Western states with an enticing offer: The company, which manufactures luxury electric vehicles, needed a new site on which to build a massive factory to produce lithium ion batteries. The facility would cost about $5 billion to construct, and it would employ about 6,500 high-tech manufacturing employees.
By Emily Badger Sept. 15, 2014
Tesla announced earlier this month that it's planning to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory just outside of Reno, which sounds good for Nevada and bad for losing bidders California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. So how did Nevada beat out so many competitors?
By Matthew L. Wald Sept. 12, 2014
When Nevada lured Tesla Motors to the Reno area to build a giant battery factory, a triumphant governor, Brian Sandoval, proclaimed that every dollar his state was spending in tax incentives and other subsidies would yield $80 in economic activity.
By Reid Wilson, Sept. 10, 2014
Nevada state legislators will meet Wednesday in Carson City to consider a package of incentives and credits that will lure one of the biggest economic prizes to an area in serious need of new manufacturing jobs — though at the cost to the state of more than $1 billion.
Tesla Motor’s shameful subsidy competition for its battery factory is wrapping up to a close in a state known for big gambling. The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced last week it had assembled a breathtaking package for the proposed “Gigafactory” totaling as much as $1.3
Early this week Good Jobs First joined its voice with those of progressive organizations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas to express concerns about the pending subsidy bidding war over Tesla’s proposed Gigafactory. In case you missed it, an open letter signed by Arizona PIRG, the California Budget Project, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), New Mexico’s SouthWest Organizing Project, Texans for Public Justice and Good Jobs First regarding the multi-state competition has been generating growing media attention. The letter calls for state leaders to seize the opportunity presented by Tesla’s subsidy demands, communicate with each other, and reject the harmful Race to the Bottom.
Much of our daily work at Good Jobs First consists of monitoring massive subsidy packages that often don’t receive much attention in the media. But events like the Gigafactory bidding war provide an opportunity to break down these complicated issues into smaller pieces that allow a practical public dialogue about job creation, competition, and fairness.