LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Senate has approved a $100 million tax credit for the company that will supply batteries for the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid car.
State economic development officials two weeks ago awarded the refundable tax credit to Korean-based LG Chem and a U.S. subsidiary, Troy-based Compact Inc. But the credit also needs legislative approval by May 30 to take effect.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 36-0 Thursday to send the legislation to the Democrat-led House.
The credit would be the fourth awarded to battery manufacturers that open a plant in Michigan and create at least 300 new jobs. Each company can claim up to $25 million over four years starting in 2012.
The Senate also voted to increase tax credits for vehicle engineering to support battery integration.
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