- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is hitting the road again in an effort to lure jobs away from a state led by a Democratic governor.

Scott on Wednesday announced he’s going on a trade mission to California to try to woo businesses away from the Golden State. The Republican governor visited several states last year run by Democrats where he denounced their taxes and business climate.

In his release, Scott contended companies would want to leave California because of a “crippling” increase in the minimum wage. Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month signed into law a measure that will lift the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

Scott’s trip is scheduled in May.

In the last year, California, which has a much larger population, has added nearly 421,000 jobs, while Florida has added more than 234,000.

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