Governor asks Elon Musk to move company to Colorado after California dispute

Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisMore states mobilize National Guard as George Floyd protests continue into Saturday night States respond with force amid another night of protests Shots fired at George Floyd protest in Denver MORE (D) pitched billionaire Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskNASA, SpaceX and the private-public partnership that caused the flight of the Crew Dragon SpaceX capsule successfully docks at space station Trump calls Floyd death 'grave tragedy,' decries violent protests in Florida speech MORE on moving Tesla's headquarters to his state following a disagreement between Musk and California officials over local lockdown measures that had shuttered production for the electric vehicle maker.

"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 Wednesday.

Musk responded positively, calling the state "great" and telling Polis "I think your policies make a lot of sense" while making no promise on moving any of his company's operations to the Centennial State anytime soon.


The governor's pitch comes days after Musk blasted Alameda County's extended stay-at-home order, with the Tesla founder threatening to move his company out of the Golden State after local officials kept factories in Fremont, Calif., shuttered.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE weighed in on the dispute Tuesday, calling for California to let Tesla reopen its plant immediately, saying, "It can be done Fast & Safely!"


Tesla's Fremont plant violated local county orders by opening up over the weekend, with company attorneys filing a lawsuit on May 9 and pursuing an injunction against the county's measures.

However, Alameda County released a statement Tuesday, saying the electric car manufacturer may resume factory work under minimum business operations and Fremont Police Department verification that workers are following safety measures outlined by the county.

Alameda County added that businesses, including Tesla, could resume additional activities next Monday if data indicates that coronavirus cases are slowing down in the county.

Since the outbreak, the county has reported a total of 2,133 cases and 74 deaths. Alameda has reported an increase of 32 cases in the last 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University data.