Re “Tesla’s Elon Musk jilts California, despite subsidies” (Opinions, Sept. 5): While I realize that Musk has a responsibility to work in the best interest of Tesla, I’m very happy that Gov. Jerry Brown resisted the temptation to pay “extortion” to Tesla for landing the battery manufacturing facility. The taxpayers in Nevada are now on the hook for $1.3 billion in tax subsidies to Tesla. Unlike California, Nevada will need to import many of the workers, requiring special training and experience in this field. How many Nevadans will be hired remains to be seen.
Nevada is a “right to work” state, so it will be interesting to see what wages will be without union representation; the ability to pay workers less was a factor in Tesla’s decision. I’m sure the state of Nevada and the Reno area will be on the hook to develop the area around the plant: access roads, sewage, etc.
All things considered, Nevada taxpayers may never recoup any benefit of landing Tesla. Thank you to Gov. Brown for seeing the Tesla deal for what it was and not placing our state’s taxpayers on the line for corporate extortion.
Peter Sommer, Salida