Jared Polis, the out governor of Colorado, tweeted Elon Musk to suggest the billionaire move his headquarters out of California to Colorado.
Musk recently made headlines by tweeting his disdain for statewide stay-at-home coronavirus prevention measures that have shuttered his electric vehicle factory. Musk said he would re-open the facility despite the lockdown and challenged state authorities to arrest him, suggesting he would relocate the company in retaliation.
“We want you here @elonmusk in Colorado, we are the best of all worlds. We’re very pro-business, low taxes, also pro-immigration, pro-LGBT, globally-minded,” Polis tweeted.
Musk responded politely, saying, “Colorado is great! I think your policies make a lot of sense.”
Alameda County, where Musk’s company is located, released a statement yesterday saying the manufacturer will be allowed to resume minimal operation with police verification that safety protocols are being followed.
Polis allowed the state’s lockdown order to expire in late April, transitioning to a “safer-at-home” order “meant to establish a level of social distancing that can be sustained for a longer period of time,” according to the state.
Colorado has reported over 20,000 infections and more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths.
Hi Jared, Colorado is great! I think your policies make a lot of sense.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2020