SpaceX applied, like every business in the state can, for training funds for SpaceX employees.
California rejected their training because . . . they don't like anyone considering leaving the state. They are punishing SpaceX for Tesla considering leaving. Grotesque fascist tactics. Anyone doubt that this isn't the first time Tesla/SpaceX has had "difficulties" in applying for these programs or other help from the State?
From the article:
"Five members of California’s Employment Training Panel voted to reject the proposal and two voted for it, with one member absent, after discussing Musk’s tweets on Tesla’s reopening and media reports of layoffs at SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters in recent years."
“In my opinion, given the recent threats of the CEO to leave the state of California, and everything else we’ve discussed today, this proposal does not rise to the level for me to feel secure in supporting it,” said Gretchen Newsom, a panel member and the political director of an IBEW electrical workers union local.
“SpaceX is a different company, but they have the same CEO,” said Newsom, who is not related to California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Though a small amount of money, the funding was opposed by organized labor groups. Tesla and SpaceX are both nonunion shops. The funding from the state employment development fund was supposed to help SpaceX train 900 employees for its Starlink satellite project and hire 300 to work on its Starship program.