NUMMI bill introduced to keep it open

July 16, 2009 10:58:33 PM PDT
An East Bay assemblyman introduced legislation Thursday aimed at keeping Toyota from closing the NUMMI plant in Fremont.

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Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, proposed a bill that would create a sales tax exemption for automobile manufacturing in California. He says it's one of many ideas being studied to keep NUMMI open.

"I'm working on trying to get the NUMMI plant direct access to power, as opposed to going through utility companies. We think that will lower costs significantly as well. So several options, several ideas, all with the objectives of keeping that plant open," said Torrico.

Torrico says California is one of only three states in the nation that does not have a sales tax exemption for auto manufacturing.

Toyota is in the process of deciding the future of NUMMI, after G.M. announced last month that its pulling out of the joint venture.

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