Gov. Brian Sandoval was poised to call state lawmakers into a special session Wednesday to consider an extraordinary package of tax breaks and incentives worth up to $1.3 billion to seal a deal with Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion factory in Nevada to make batteries for electric cars.
Sandoval told legislative leaders and others last week that the plant and its 6,500 workers would generate more than 20,000 construction and other related jobs and up to $100 billion for Nevada's economy over the next 20 years — a return on investment he estimated to be $80 for every $1 the state spends.
Little public opposition has emerged among lawmakers since Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced alongside Sandoval on the Capitol steps Thursday that Nevada had beat out California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico for the factory expected to open east of Sparks in 2017.
Aides to the Republican governor said they expected the session to begin at noon Wednesday, but by 10 p.m. Tuesday he still had not issued the formal proclamation to authorize the legislative work expected to take up to three days.