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A city getting ‘Tesla’d’

Tesla’s battery factory brought high-paid tech jobs to Nevada — but is soaking up huge tax breaks that critics say have seriously depleted public services

By Rory Carroll  /  The Guardian, SPARKS, NEVADA

Having bet on the Gigafactory, the city’s fate hinges on the company’s success, said Richard Daly, business manager of Laborers’ Union Local 169. “Growth problems are better than recession problems.”

But a spate of setbacks — layoffs, a churn of executives, “autopilot” car crashes and a suit against a whistleblower — has put pressure on the firm. “Giving so much to Tesla was risky,” said Eloy Jara, another labor leader.

“If they fail it could really hurt.”

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