Gov. Perry takes fight for Tesla factory to California

Gov. Perry takes fight for Tesla factory to California

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Perry says competition between states is a good thing, but he also took a swing at California. He says businesses end up leaving when they "get overtaxed, over regulated, over-litigated."(Photo: Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bid by Texas to lure a Tesla battery factory has brought that state's salesman-in-chief to the doorstep of California's state Capitol - and to underscore the point, he arrived in one of the automaker's sleek, all-electric vehicles.

Before his scheduled meeting Tuesday with Republican state lawmakers, Gov. Rick Perry cruised up to the Hyatt hotel across from the Capitol behind the wheel of a metallic gray Tesla Model S.

California and Texas are among a handful of states fighting for the planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.

Perry says competition between states is a good thing, but he also took a swing at California. He says businesses end up leaving when they "get overtaxed, over-regulated, over-litigated."

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