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Readers react to Elon Musk's $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Readers react to Elon Musk's $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Readers reacted strongly to a Times story this weekend reporting that Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk's companies -- Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX -- have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support. The figure comprises a variety of government incentives, including grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits that Tesla can sell. It also includes tax credits and rebates to buyers of solar panels and electric cars. In hundreds of online comments and emails, readers debated government funding for corporations generally and for Musk's companies specifically. Many argued the government money is needed to...

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