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Gov. Scott trying to lure jobs from other states

Posted at 6:36 PM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 18:36:26-04

While Florida Governor Rick Scott has been promoting job growth numbers, he's also taken trips to several other states - trying to lure companies from there to Florida.

"When they come down here, what do they see?" Scott said Friday. "Great weather, nice people, beautiful beaches, and they say, 'how do I get back here?'"

Scott returned from a job-hunting trip to the Golden State last week, meeting with companies in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. 

"We talked about the fact that our taxes were lower, our regulation is less, and we've streamlined the permitting process," Scott said. 

But California Governor Jerry Brown apparently didn't take too kindly to the move. In a letter to Scott, Brown wrote: "If you're truly serious about Florida's economic well-being, it's time to stop the silly political stunts and start doing something about climate - two words you won't even let state officials say. The threat is real, and so too will be the devastating impacts."

"It's part of what we do every day," Scott said regarding the criticism. "We're all competing, trying to make our states the best place. We're winning."

Scott added that Florida's job growth rate is 40% faster than the rest of the country, and its labor force growth rate beats the rest of the nation by 50%.