Petition to Elon Musk, Henry McMaster
EncourageTesla to build a Gigafactory in SC
Tesla is an innovative and relatively new automobile manufacturer whose ultimate mission is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. Tesla does this with their energy division's solar panels and battery storage solutions in addition to their evolving fleet of highly rated premium electric vehicles. In January of 2017 Tesla began manufacturing batteries in their Gigafactory in Nevada, and by 2018 this factory will have doubled the battery production for the world. This factory is poised to be the next evolutionary stage in manufacturing, and in history will be viewed with the same level of impact as Henry Ford's interchangeable parts and Toyota's Lean Manufacturing principles. The 4.9 million square foot Gigafactory is necessary for Tesla's mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy and it is also a product. During Tesla's earnings call of February 22, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk stated that in addition to working on Model 3 and their Gigafactory in Nevada the company is looking for opportunities to build additional Gigafactories in the future. Here are some of the ways that the Gigafactory in Nevada has impacted the State and its economy. http://www.diversifynevada.com/documents/Teslas_Gigafactory_Incentive_Summary_PDF.pdf This is an amazing opportunity for SC to embrace and entice Telsa to build one our their Gigafactories in our state. The state has recently attracted BMW, Amazon, and Boeing through tax incentives, competitive labor, and the states advantageous electricity and other operating costs. We as a group need to encourage the state of South Carolina and Tesla to work together to make this opportunity a reality.
Petition to President of the United States
Private Student loan bail out
With limited available jobs, an entire generation is suffering in crippling student debt they can not pay. If we can bail out big banks and automotive companies we need to bail out our children! This will help not only the economy, but the mental health of these forgotten Americans! Private Student loans are nothing but a financial trap for immense debt that kills the spirit of these kids and there is currently no help for them. This kind of harassment and threats from debt collectors creates a mental health issue as well as stops the economy for sales and plans to buy homes ect. If we ignore this massive problem our children lose hope in the "American dream." We are looking at a future of no artists, no entrepreneur's, no designers, just a country of minimum wage jobs with no hope for a future, home ownership or a family.
Petition to Jacinda Ardern, Antonio Tajani, Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Winston Peters
Give New Zealand free movement within EU block as an independent like Switzerland!
Create closer ties between New Zealand and EU by putting in place a new free movement policy between New Zealand and the EU. You can see this working very well between Switzerland and EU as an example. By allowing free movement, both EU and New Zealand will boost each other's economies and create more job opportunities for both ends. It has nothing to do with the geographical positioning, but more to do with if the visions of the two entities align, which they do very strongly.My personal scenario is that as a migrant from New Zealand in EU (Currently in the Netherlands) I am severely limited in the following ways (I will only detail one or two): - I have to live 5 continuous years of my life in the Netherlands before I can gain residence. This means that until I get residence, I can't do what other EU residents can do for example: Work in Netherlands, but live just outside on the German border where it is cheaper for example and the scenery is more to our mental/emotional taste. - I can't take out the necessary loans from banks due to the time limitation on my Visa to improve my living conditions in for example my home or a more suitable working car, etc. - The list goes on and on Instead of having to try and deal with every different EU country's different residence requirements, why not just let New Zealand citizens have free movement, so we can live and work anywhere in EU to contribute in all manners of highly skilled employment. Look how well it is working for Switzerland!! If Switzerland can do it, why can't New Zealand?! Just imagine the possibilities and the drop of monopoly amongst businesses in NZ for example..... Disclaimer: I am happy to explain in more detail the motivation as we get more people interested if the motivation is not already clear enough in this description.
Petition to Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Luis Gutierrez
Bring Back Bootstrap for Puerto Rico
From the 1950s into the '90s, Puerto Rico was an economic success story. This was largely because of Operation Bootstrap, a Congressional initiative to overcome colonialism and lift Puerto Rico economically. It worked! Providing manufacturing incentives, of course, brought jobs to the island. Puerto Rico was the economic jewel of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, in the early 1990s, the program faced opposition as a form of corporate welfare. In 1996, President Clinton signed a law phasing out the incentives. They ended 10 years later and Puerto Rico's economy has been in the tank ever since. The United States has an obligation to shed its colonialist past and help Puerto Rico get on solid economic ground. Puerto Rico has a lot of problems to be sure, but the biggest is lack of jobs. The return of Operation Bootstrap is the main tonic for Puerto Rico's ills, a drop in the bucket for the overall U.S. tax structure, and our moral obligation to our fellow citizens there. BRING BACK OPERATION BOOTSTRAP! http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/heres-how-an-obscure-tax-change-sank-puerto-ricos-economy/ar-AAsuXsA
Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
A River-Friendly and Fiscally Responsible Future for the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam
The New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam (NSBLD) located on the Savannah River is in need of major rehabilitation. Studies are underway to determine a solution for its future, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking input from local city officials, industry and the public in general before moving forward. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) mitigation agreements require the construction of a passage for migratory fish species. The cost of that project is currently estimated at $36M, and existing models involved diverting the river around the failing lock and dam. New federal legislation allows the Corps of Engineers to explore using SHEP funds designated only for the fish passage to also address rehabilitation of the NSBLD, for which there is currently no source of funding. Savannah Riverkeeper advocates for the construction of a rock weir in place of the current dam, as well as rehabilitation of the existing lock system, which would: Meet criteria for the required fish passage; Maintain the functions of pool and flood control the Lock & Dam has provided for upstream users; Save millions in local funds by combining two projects; and Pave the way to opportunities for enhanced river recreation and economic growth in the area. Sign on to the petition to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that you support this innovative and cost-effective solution for our Savannah River.