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Gov. Rick Perry  (Source: Bloomberg)
He said the pros of allowing this would outweigh the cons

Not long ago, Texas told Tesla Motors to take a hike when the automaker wanted to sell its electric vehicles (EV) directly to customers without the use of auto dealers. But it seems that the Lone Star state is changing its tune now that Tesla's giant Gigafactory is on the line. 
According to Dallas News, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) indicated that Texas needs to take a second look at its state rules -- which he referred to as "antiquated" -- that prevent Tesla from selling its EVs directly to customers. 
"Tesla’s a big project,” said Perry. “The cachet of being able to say we put that manufacturing facility in your state is hard to pass up.
“I think it’s time for Texans to have an open conversation about this, the pros and the cons. I’m gonna think the pros of allowing this to happen outweigh the cons.”
Perry wants Tesla's Gigafactory, which the automaker plans to build in a Southwest state in the U.S. The factory aims to supply batteries for up to 500,000 EVs by the year 2020. The gigafactory would cost $5 billion USD, span as much as 1,000 acres, and employ about 6,500 people. It would also largely be powered by renewable energy. 
Four states -- Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada -- are pushing to become the site for the Gigafactory. Whichever state Tesla chooses will see great economic benefits from the large-scale plant; hence Texas' new view on direct sales.
The state realizes that Tesla likely won't choose it if Texas doesn’t allow the automaker to sell its vehicles without the help of auto dealers. 
It's possible that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is using the Gigafactory as leverage to get the direct sales laws changed in certain U.S. states, and it looks to be working as Arizona recently passed a bill to allow Tesla to do just that.
Texas Rep. Jason Villalba (R, Dallas) recently wrote Musk a letter in an attempt to patch things up with the automaker. He said he's a proponent of the Tesla-backed House Bill 3351, and that Texas is the perfect state for the Gigafactory due to its warm climate (for the solar-ran factory) and large labor pool to fill factory positions.  
Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration proposed a new rule that requires a person to have a franchise agreement with an auto manufacturer in order to be granted a license to sell. Tesla already had two stores in the state at the time. 
Shortly after, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted in favor of the ban of direct auto sales. This means that the two stores must be turned into showrooms and nothing more after April 1, 2014. 
New Jersey is now the third state to ban Tesla's direct sales model. 

Source: Dallas News

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By therealnickdanger on 3/25/2014 8:07:58 AM , Rating: 3
I like how everyone complains when a politician behaves one way, but then when he changes his mind, it is also unwelcome. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Has no one here ever changed his mind before? I don't know about the rest of you, but I happen to think that being able to change your views is a sign of growth and character. All we hear about in the press is how people are constantly unchanging and always saying "no" to something.

In his defense (and in defense of every politician), no one man can be an expert on everything. I know those of us who type out comments on DT are the exception to this rule, but let's try to keep that in perspective.

Every politician usually has a small handful of things he is passionate about, but then relies on others to fill in everything else. This is also true in large corporations. You can only have so many advisors to work so many angles, so you're bound to not understand everything at play. Then if you make the wrong decision, you WILL hear from constituents. Then you spend some time to educate yourself on that topic, and make a new call.

I once considered running for city council, but then I went to a city council meeting. Yeah, f*** that noise.

By Dr of crap on 3/25/2014 12:27:30 PM , Rating: 3
And so you have pulled something over your eyes
and can't see how stupid his is now that there is money and jobs at stake that he is NOW changing his mind?

Money talks - and especially for politicians,
maybe you can't see that either?

By retrospooty on 3/25/2014 12:36:27 PM , Rating: 2
Not that I like Rick Perry or anything he stands for, but in this case, I don't think he is wrong. It's OK to look at a new deal or new situation and change your mind on an issue. Like many states in the past, Texas legislators voted for the dealer model laws referenced above. Now, a company that has a new direct to customer model,(no dealer) may build a plant in the state if that law goes away. I would work to kill that law too if it meant jobs and money for my state. How is that bad? OF all the asinine things this clown has said and done, this inst one of them.

By niva on 3/25/2014 6:33:08 PM , Rating: 2
I live in Texas and Rick Perry is an embarrassment to this state. The guy has an iq of a door handle, and I'm insulting quite a few door handles when I say that. I have yet to hear an actual "con" for letting Tesla sell direct from the consumer standpoint.

Tesla should forget about building a factory here, build in a state that guarantees them direct sales and fk Rick Perry.

By jimbojimbo on 3/26/2014 11:44:59 AM , Rating: 2
The problem is they decided they don't want Tesla selling cars directly while the plans for the factory were already presented. Now, if they voted to ban them but Tesla said hey we could maybe build a factory there then they repealed it I could understand that. With the new information they would decide one was better than the other. Since the future factory options were already proposed but then they decided to vote to ban direct auto sales Texas basically told Tesla that banning direct sales is more important than the factory. A few days later after a lot of backlash they thought, oh geesh, maybe that factory is more important.
This just means they are being completely wishy washy and I wouldn't trust them for a second.
With the initial vote they displayed their intent so unless the agreement with building the factory is that the state will never ban direct auto sales I would say screw them.

By retrospooty on 3/26/2014 8:07:58 AM , Rating: 2
I know, why is this so tough for people to get? Whether you like Perry or not, him trying to get this changed and win a factory that means money and jobs for his state. That is what a governor is supposed to do, work toward improving the state and its finances for the betterment of its citizens. In this case, how can anyone possibly disagree with him changing his mind?

By Mint on 3/26/2014 1:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
Precisely. This is exactly what people want from politicians: when the public overwhelmingly wants something, and it supports a politician's campaign principles, then get it done. Flip-flopping is better than blind intransigence.

This is why Musk decided to start this fight. He knew how the public felt about car dealers, and knew how easy it is to sell his position as pro-business.

Some demands from campaign donors aren't worth supporting. Within a couple years, I doubt any politician will want to be seen in the pockets of the dealer associations.

By flyingpants1 on 3/26/2014 2:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty genius how he highlighted 4 states as canditates for the gigafactory, just to manipulate 'em into reconsidering their laws.

By clarkn0va on 3/25/2014 3:02:35 PM , Rating: 3
I like how everyone complains when a politician behaves one way, but then when he changes his mind, it is also unwelcome

Nobody changed their behaviour or their mind. In this case, the majority of politicians in Texas chose to cater to the money from the dealers' lobbyists and actively shut Tesla out. When Tesla came back with a proposition they couldn't ignore, the politicians quickly turned away from the old dealer money toward the newer and much bigger promise of factory money.

They banned Tesla because they wanted money, and now they want to welcome Tesla, because they want the money. Had they actually done what politicians are supposed to do, which is guard the best interest of their constituents, then they would have either allowed Tesla in the first place, or demonstrated why this would have been detrimental to the taxpayer.

Looking wishy-washy in front of the whole world is not a noble demonstration of how people change, but rather an embarrassing demonstration of how greed knows no loyalty. Musk and Tesla should be very wary of doing business with such a capricious lot.

By Etsp on 3/25/2014 3:15:16 PM , Rating: 2
I like how everyone complains when a politician behaves one way, but then when he changes his mind, it is also unwelcome.
I agree with you. That's not my issue here.

I don't care that Rick Perry changed his mind on something. I care that he changed his mind NOT because the dealership model is anti-competitive and outdated, but only because it would have likely cost Texas its shot at having this plant built in their state.

He didn't try to do the right thing and fix antiquated laws until it was going to cost the state something very tangible and visible.

When John Kerry was put over the coals for changing his stance on the war in Iraq, that ticked me off. I just used that as an example to show that I'm not being partisan about this, as politicians on both sides of the isle do it.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/25/2014 9:01:00 PM , Rating: 1
He didn't try to do the right thing and fix antiquated laws until it was going to cost the state something very tangible and visible.

That was the status quo long before he took office.

Trying to change the status quo can be VERY risky for a politician. Look at when Bush tried to reform Social Security.

We've known Social Security is an absolute trainwreck, heading for disaster, for years now. But politicians keep passing the buck, because trying to actually FIX it is too risky. The other side will just claim you're trying to "kill the elderly", and they'll vote you out of office.

This issue never even came up until Tesla challenged it. You're acting like the guy is supposed to right all the wrongs in the world. Wow, I'm SHOCKED a politician waited for a popular issue before deciding on it first!!! Because, you know, our President would NEVER do that *cough*

If Tesla gets to sell their vehicles in Texas at the "cost" of a battery factory in an extremely competitive corporate tax structure..ummm, I fail to see what you guys are getting so upset about.

When John Kerry was put over the coals for changing his stance on the war in Iraq, that ticked me off. I just used that as an example to show that I'm not being partisan about this, as politicians on both sides of the isle do it.

First off, that was WAY worst. WTf dude?? Nobody is dying over this Tesla issue. Kerry knew he was lying, it was 100% a political move, while soldiers were dying in Iraq he was more interested in Bush-bashing.

If that's your idea of not being partisan...whoa.

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