California Gov. Jerry brown upped the ante in response to Gov. Rick Scott’s job hunting tour there.
Rather than rely on an economic report prepared before the Great Recession of 2008, Brown’s office sent Scott and Florida reporters a timelier report on climate change. Brown parlayed the environmental issue Scott has avoided into criticism of his latest job hunting visit. You can read the report here.
“The report also notes that Florida’s economy could suffer billions of dollars in additional losses as labor productivity drops and storm damage mounts due to extreme weather events,” Brown wrote in his letter to Scott.
The report on climate change was a bit timelier than a previous report from 2006 that concluded most California companies at the time were not interested in relocating. Brown’s office provided the report to Florida reporters who asked about Scott’s visit. The author of the report said the data used was from 1992 to 2006.
A lot has changed since the report was published by the California Institute for Public Policy, including the Great Recession of 2008.
Scott and Brown have been trading barbs on Twitter and in news releases since the Florida governor announced his job hunting trip to California last month. Scott said he chose California after Brown and state lawmakers agreed to jack up the minimum wage to $15 by 2022.