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Gov. Jerry Brown fires back at Florida governor's business-poaching visit

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Jerry Brown welcomed Florida's governor to the Golden State on Monday with a zinger of a reaction to the fact that the trip is designed to lure businesses to pack up and move east.

Brown's letter to Gov. Rick Scott was billed as a plea for the Florida Republican to get engaged on the issue of climate change. But he also made it clear that he sees nothing wrong with California's economic health these days.

"Rick," wrote Brown, "a fact you'd like to ignore: California is the 7th largest economic power in the world. We're competing with nations like Brazil and France, not states like Florida."

Scott's office didn't have an immediate comment on the letter, and the Florida governor said in a Times interview that he thinks California's move to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage will help him persuade some businesses to leave . Scott's team also bought radio airtime recently on an ad encouraging business owners to give Florida a look.

For his part, Brown goes on in the Monday morning letter to warn Scott that the effects of climate change on Florida could be severe. And he sent along a copy of a recent report that makes the same point.

"So, while you’re enjoying a stroll on one of California’s beautiful beaches this week, don’t stick your head in the sand," writes Brown. "Take a few minutes to read the rest of this report. There’s no time to waste."


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