California's job recovery is well underway and other states are looking to get in on the action.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has scheduled a business-recruitment trip to California next week and he's ratcheted up the effort by taking out radio ads blasting the Golden State's $15 minimum wage. The Republican governor also is getting personal by taking on the "tax and spend administration" of Jerry Brown, California's Democratic governor.
"California is one of the worst states for taxes," Scott said in a telephone interview. "We're one of the best states for taxes. We're heading in the right direction and California is absolutely heading in the wrong direction."
Scott is scheduled to arrive in California on Sunday and plans to have meetings with businesses on Monday and Tuesday. He's also scheduled to be on a panel at the Milken Institute's Global Conference in Beverly Hills on Monday.
A year ago, Scott made a similar business-recruitment trip to California but came home with little to show for it.
"I think it's more about the governors than about the jobs," said Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, California.