Washington, D.C. – The U.S. non-profit research centre Good Jobs First said that foreign-owned auto assembly plants in that country have received a total of US$3.6 billion in state and local subsidies, mostly from southern states.

“As elected officials debate aid for the Big Three, taxpayers have the right to know the full extent of government involvement in America’s auto industry,” said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First. “And while proposed federal aid to the Big Three would take the form of a loan, the vast majority of subsidies to foreign auto plants were taxpayer gifts such as property and sales tax exemptions, income tax credits, infrastructure aid, land discounts, and training grants.”

The centre released the following list of funding, which it said is “conservative” and does not account for inflation:

Honda, Marysville, Ohio, 1980 – $27 million
Nissan, Smyrna, Tennesee, 1980 – $233 million
Toyota, Georgetown, Kentucky, 1985 – $147 million
Honda, Anna, Ohio, 1985 – $27 million
Subaru, Lafayette, Indiana 1986 – $94 million
Honda, East Liberty, Ohio, 1987 – $27 million
BMW, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1992 – $150 million
Mercedes-Benz, Vance, Alabama, 1993 – $258 million
Toyota, Princeton, Indiana, 1995 – $30 million
Nissan, Decherd, Tennessee, 1995 – $200 million
Toyota, Buffalo, West Virginia, 1996 – more than $15 million
Honda, Lincoln, Alabama, 1999 – $248 million
Nissan, Canton, Mississippi, 2000 – $295 million
Toyota, Huntsville, Alabama, 2001 – $30 million
Hyundai, Montgomery, Alabama, 2002 – $252 million
Toyota, San Antonio, Texas, 2003 – $133 million
Kia, West Point, Georgia, 2006 – $400 million
Honda, Greensburg, Indiana, 2006 – $141 million
Toyota, Blue Springs, Mississippi – $300 million
Volkswagen, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2008 – $577 million

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