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Gov. Scott continues to take aim at California Gov. Jerry Brown

Florida Gov. Rick Scott isn't ready to let his transcontinental barbs with California Gov. Jerry Brown end quite yet.

In Naples today, Scott ripped into California for finishing 50th in a set of rankings done by a business magazine that looked at the best states in the nation for business. Scott noted that Chief Executive Magazine ranked Florida No. 2.

"I love Jerry Brown," Scott said facetiously to more than 100 state and government officials on Wednesday. "I think he's doing a great job as governor out there."

Scott said Brown has the highest taxes, the highest home prices and "successful people are just leaving California." 

The comments come a week after Scott was in California criticizing the state for increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour and trying to convince businesses there to move to Florida.

Brown responded with a letter, tweets and comments to the media.

"California is the seventh largest economic power in the world," Brown wrote in the letter to Scott. "We're competing with nations like Brazil and France, not states like Florida."

Brown then blasted Scott for not taking climate change seriously.

"It's time to stop the silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change — two words you won't even let state officials say," Brown told Scott. "The threat is real and so too will be the devastating impacts."

Scott didn't address those criticism on Wednesday, but noted Brown didn't talk about jobs at all in his letter to him.

Scott said it is clear Brown didn't appreciate him being there.

"He was so excited I was there," Scott said sarcastically.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 2:23pm]


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