Last year, the company made its first in-state acquisition, a tool and die shop in Grand Rapids (roughly 150 miles west of Detroit), but apparently that wasn't enough to curry favor with the powers that be. Michigan is among Connecticut, Texas and Utah in terms of states where Tesla can't sell cars directly to consumers.
"Unfortunately, the local auto dealers and local manufacturers have made clear that they oppose any law that would allow Tesla to operate in Michigan," a statement reads. "As one leading legislator told Tesla: the local auto dealers do not want you here. The local manufacturers do not want you here. So you're not going to be here."
The statement also says that lawmakers won't even hold a hearing to debate the current legislation, despite Snyder wanting to make it a "top priority" during his tenure. Maybe if Musk and Co. had made a giant campaign contribution or offered to look the other way while Snyder allowed the city of Flint's water system to be poisoned, the self-proclaimed "tough nerd" would've been more open to changing the law. Just an idea.