California laws discourage manufacturers

Published: Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Re "Despite tax breaks, tesla will put factory elsewhere" (Editorials, March 9): Tesla got tax breaks to build their car factory here. Now The Bee's editorial board is upset that Tesla may build a "gigafactory" for batteries elsewhere.

What the board should be upset about is that California has lost a third of its industrial base - 607,000 manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2011. How about asking the California Manufacturers and Technology Association why development may be here but production is elsewhere.

Sure, the state can offer tax breaks, but it is this state's laws, environmental, labor, carbon tax, water, waste, air quality, energy cost, with wide open lawsuits, all resulting high construction and business costs that chase manufacturing out of California. Just to get environmental permits build a gigafactory in California would require millions and take years.

California's laws chased manufacturing out, and our legislators do not want manufacturing or they would change the laws.

-- Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

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