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Governor: No special session planned to consider Tesla plant incentives

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This Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, photo shows the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center in Sparks.

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he has no plans call a special session of the Legislature to consider millions of dollars worth of incentives to help lure a Tesla battery plant to Northern Nevada.

Sandoval said no one has asked him to convene a special session and that discussions are still underway with Tesla to locate its $5 billion plant east of Reno at an industrial complex in Storey County.

“At this point, I have no intention to call a special session,” he said.

Some economic officials in the Reno-Sparks have suggested Nevada sweeten the deal to bring the plant to Nevada. Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico also are in the running for the plant, which would employ an estimated 6,500 workers.

In a July 31 talk with financial analysts, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he expects the winning state to cover “maybe 10 percent” of the factory’s cost. That could be $500 million.

Tesla has said it will make a decision on the site in a few months.

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