Musk has been hinting at the move since May 2020
Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested Friday that his decision to move the automaker’s headquarters from Fremont, california, To Austin, Texas, was inspired by a Democratic Assemblywoman who tweeted “F–k Elon Musk” in 2020.
Tesla will also continue to expand in California, Musk announced during a shareholder meeting on Thursday, citing affordability, location and convenience as some of the reasons behind the move.
On Friday, the billionaire engineer responded to an article on the Tesla news website Tesmanian.com titled, “Tesla Moves Its Headquarters to Texas, Following Clear Motion from the California Assembly,” “Absolutely.”
Musk has been hinting at the move since May of 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions temporarily shut down Tesla’s operations in Fremont. He called the sanctions “fascist,” prompting harsh words from a Democratic state assembly woman.
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“F–k Elon Musk,” California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez tweeted on 9th May 2020.
Gonzalez denounced the entrepreneur’s handling of COVID-19. He also criticized the use of Musk’s billions of dollars in government subsidies to fund Tesla, some of which come directly from California.
“California has heavily subsidized a company that has always disregarded the safety and welfare of workers, engaged in union busting and threatening public servants,” she wrote in a May 9 follow-up. “I probably could have expressed my disappointment in a less aggressive way. Of course, no one would have cared if I had tweeted.”
She continued: “And, deaths from COVID-19 in California are disproportionately Latino. Our communities have been the hardest hit. So far. Maybe that’s why we take the warnings and instructions from public health officials so seriously. “
Musk responded on May 10, saying that his message had been received.
Gonzalez emphasized his May 2020 remarks in a Saturday tweet, in which Musk emphasized the use of taxpayer dollars from government subsidies to grow his businesses while fighting the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced In September of 2020 that state will begin “phasing out” gas-powered vehicles to fight against climate change. Tesla is an all-electric vehicle manufacturer.
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Musk in December of 2020 received a . noted during Wall Street Journal Summit That Tesla is the last remaining auto company to build cars in the state, and SpaceX is the last aerospace company “still doing significant manufacturing in California.”
California officials on Friday denied SpaceX’s request for $655,500 in worker training subsidies after the Teamsters union sent a letter asking them to decline the request of Elon Musk company because it doesn’t deserve taxpayer dollars.
Granthshala Business’ Braque Dumas contributed to this report.