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Robert Trigaux column: Call him Gov. Poacher



Times business columnist Robert Trigaux writes a column about Gov. Rick Scott's efforts to recruit new business to Florida. An excerpt:

They might as well call him Gov. Poacher.

Eight states are now up in arms over Florida Gov. Rick Scott's "my state's better than yours" playground pitch to recruit their businesses to the Sunshine State. His maverick "One Way" campaign criticizes each of those states — all run by Democratic governors — for their bad business policies. He then directly solicits their business executives in mass mailings to move their companies to Florida's presumably better business climate.

Started earlier this year, the campaign has the targeted states howling "Foul," along with more colorful retorts.

"The way you build a dynamic economy isn't by running around trying to poach other states," sniffs one California economic development spokesman.

Florida is the "most bat-s- - - crazy state in the union," writes Boston magazine in defending Massachusetts from Scott's Aug. 6 letter critical of the tax-heavy New England state.

[Last modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 10:19am]


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