- Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading west for a three-day California jobs jaunt that is drawing fire from Democrats.

Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz says the governor on Sunday leaves on a trade mission to Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco where he is scheduled to meet with 13 companies. Scott will also participate in a panel discussion being hosted by the Milken Institute.

This is the latest visit by the Republican governor to states run by Democrats. In those visits Scott criticized the business climate of the other states.

Ahead of this trip the state’s economic development agency paid for radio ads criticizing California’s decision to gradually lift the minimum wage to $15. The ads drew fire from Democrats who called them an inappropriate use of taxpayer money.

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