Billionaire Elon Musk is not the only business owner thinking about leaving California. During a recent podcast, Joe Rogan said he may consider making a move to Texas as well.
TheHill reports popular podcaster Joe Rogan declared on Thursday a willingness to move from California to Texas due to what he says are excessive coronavirus restrictions.
He also called the Golden State “extremely expensive” with “ridiculous” taxes.
Rogan, who reportedly earned $30 million in revenue across 190 million downloads per month in 2019 for his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on YouTube, shared his perspective after an interview with Elon Musk.
The Tesla CEO has also been highly critical of California officials regarding a reopening of his Fremont car manufacturing facility.
“I might move to Texas… if California continues to be this restrictive I don’t know if this is a good place to live,” Rogan, 52, said. “First of all, it’s extremely expensive. The taxes are ridiculous.”
“And if they really say that we can’t do stand up until 2022, or some shit like that, I might jet. I’m not kidding. This is silly. I don’t need to be here,” he continued.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti received blowback for his comments to ABC’s George Stephanopolous earlier this week after stating the city will never be “fully opened” until “we have a cure.”
“We’ve never been fully closed, we’ll never be completely open until we have cure,” Garcetti said.
Health experts have said a vaccine won’t likely be available until 2021 at the earliest.
“I like Austin a lot, I like Dallas a lot, I like Houston,” Rogan continued, naming possible Texas cities to live in. “I don’t know if I would live in Houston. The summer is a motherf—–.”
Musk earlier this month dared California officials to place him under arrest for reopening his Tesla factory in defiance of local COVID-19 restrictions as more protests have popped up across the state. California is approaching two months under a stay-at-home order that began on Mar. 19.