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Gov. Rick Perry: It’s time for state to revisit ‘antiquated’ rules that prohibit Tesl

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  1. ZestyChicken

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    Gov. Rick Perry: It rules that prohibit Tesla sales in Texas | Dallas Morning News

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    In the hopes of landing that $5-billion Tesla factory, Arizona lawmakers are itching to kill off legislationthat keeps car-makers from selling directly to the public. On FOX Business today, Gov. Rick Perry suggested the great state of Texas needs to do the same thing and at least try to vanish those “antiquated” rules, lest it see 6,500 new jobs go elsewhere.
    “Tesla’s a big project,” Perry told Maria Bartiromo. “The cachet of being able to say we put that manufacturing facility in your state is hard to pass up.”
    Tesla has two “galleries” in the state, in Houston and Austin, and a third’s about to pull into NorthPark Center. But they’re more or less just ads for the electric car: State law prohits Tesla from being able to talk about pricing or purchasing options, and you sure can’t test-drive one. “People are forced to leave the gallery frustrated,” says the company’s website, “lacking sufficient information about the car and the brand.”
    Tesla.jpg Said Perry, it’s in the “best interest” of Texans to revisit those rules — or, he said, what “some would say are antiquated protections … for the car dealers. The people of Texas will say, We don’t need to be protected. We like to be able to negotiate straight away.’”
    He’s asking state lawmakers to have a “very open, thoughtful conversation about do we want to lead the country when it comes to manufacturing.” Because, look, said Perry, “the world’s changed.” And there’s a $5-billion manufacturing plant at risk going to one of three other states: Arizona, New Mexico or California. And you know how the governor feels about stuff going to California.
    “I think it’s time for Texans to have an open conversation about this, the pros and the cons,” he said. “I’m gonna think the pros of allowing this to happen outweigh the cons.”
    Lee Chapman, president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association, said the association “respectfully disagrees” with the governor.
    “The system we have was put into effect by the state to protect consumers and dealers,” Chapman said.
    Dealers are “always open to discussion,” Chapman said.
    “But at this point, we have not been given anything to discuss other than the right to sell cars here in exchange for a plant,” he said.
    Automotive writer Terry Box contributed to this reportbuted to this report.
     
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    So is it the benighted governor, or Maria Bartiromo, who doesn't know the distinction between Nevada and California?


    Other than that, yet another piece of excellent news. But maybe this thread should be merged with the one TexasEV cites.
     
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    Said Perry, it’s in the “best interest” of Texans to revisit those rules — or, he said, what “some would say are antiquated protections … for the car dealers. The people of Texas will say, We don’t need to be protected. We like to be able to negotiate straight away.’”

    Not "...negotiate...". Quit thinking that way.
     
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    Am I the only one who thinks that while this is a positive for Tesla, it's for the wrong reasons? If his state wasn't in the running for a gigafactory, would they really be caring about "innovating" and revisiting laws? What the dealer guy says at the end is sadly how Perry is portraying the situation:

    “But at this point, we have not been given anything to discuss other than the right to sell cars here in exchange for a plant,”

    Plant or not, the laws are antiquated and need to be revisited. Should the laws be overturned, you don't want folks crying foul that it was just to woo Tesla and not because voters felt it was the right thing to do.
     
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    Ouch... and then he says this:

    Rick Perry likens homosexuality to alcoholism - The Washington Post


     
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    Perry's the guy, who instead of doing something to bring water into drought stricken Texas, just told people they should pray for rain.
     
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    Perry has announced he's not running for gov again, so his term will end at the end of the year. The TX senate is adjourned until early next year. If Perry was serious about fixing the dealership laws he could call the senate back for a special session. He has not and will not do so, which means his talk about "freedom" was just empty talk. He has no intention of changing anything.
     
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    Perry intends to run for pres again in '16, so he's building street cred with the tea party. I doubt he really cares one way or the other as far as gays or Tesla. He's just saying whatever he thinks will get him votes in '16.

    And yes, he's a dumb ass.
     

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