Chattanooga lawmakers raise questions over incentives for VW

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Some Republican lawmakers from the southeastern Tennessee county where the Volkswagen plant is located are raising questions about a $300 million incentive package for the German automaker because of the role of the United Auto Workers union within the facility.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam last summer struck the incentives deal with Volkswagen to add the production of a new SUV at the Chattanooga plant and add about 2,000 jobs.

But Republican members of the Hamilton County delegation like Rep. Mike Carter and Sens. Todd Gardenhire and Bo Watson told the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) that a subsequent labor policy that provided for a formal role for the UAW at the plant is giving them pause.

Carter says he approaches legislative approval for the incentives with a “jaundiced view.”