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Nevada offers Tesla up to $1.3B for battery plant

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Updated: 9/06 11:56 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is asking state legislators to approve tax breaks and other incentives worth up to $1.3 billion over 20 years to bring Tesla Motors' battery factory to the state.

Tesla wants to build the massive, $5 billion factory at an industrial park near the Reno suburb of Sparks - as long as lawmakers agree to terms Sandoval negotiated with the electric car maker.

The ultimate cost to taxpayers depends on how much economic activity the factory generates.

Steve Hill, executive director of Sandoval's Office of Economic Development, said that at the low end, the incentives could be worth $865 million.

Hill projected the factory would generate $100 billion for Nevada's economy and create 22,000 new jobs over two decades.

Sandoval will call a special legislative session to approve the package as early as Wednesday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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