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Connecticut officials send 'open invitation' for Fla. business to relocate in wake of abortion law changes

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Posted at 6:43 AM, Jul 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-01 17:13:42-04

As Florida's 15-week abortion ban is in limbo, compounded with the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Roe vs. Wade decision, the State of Connecticut is trying to woo companies to move to their state.

Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz issued an open letter Friday directed to Florida businesses, accompanied by a YouTube video from the governor, in a bid to encourage them to relocate.

"For many of you, we can imagine that new restrictions will feel like a betrayal and cause concern about where to live and work," the letter says. "If you are looking to relocate to a state that supports the rights of women and whose actions and laws are unwavering in support of tolerance and inclusivity, Connecticut is for you."

The governor states that women's rights laws in Connecticut are among the strongest in the nation. The letter also touts access to childcare, paid family medical leave, and tax stability and tax cuts among the state's selling points.

"On behalf of the State of Connecticut," the letter continues, "we want to assure you that we can make our small corner of New England feel like home very quickly."

Bryan Griffin, Deputy Press Secretary with Gov. Ron DeSantis' office, offered this statement in response:

In 2021, Florida had the most new business applications of any state by far with 633,000 -- 110,000 more than California, which came in as the second-highest state. We also led the country in domestic migration last year. These figures speak for themselves.

We expect this trend will continue thanks to Governor DeSantis' business-friendly policies and freedom-first agenda. We are also confident that there is great support for our initiatives to protect life.