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Florida governor wants Illinois businesses

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Another governor is trying to lure away Illinois companies.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to Illinois' top 100 companies this week asking them to buy a "one way" ticket to Florida. The Republican says Florida is undergoing "an incredible economic turnaround" and touts the state's credit ratings.

Scott also scrutinizes Illinois' high taxes, including a 2011 income tax increase.

His letter comes the same week Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in Chicago trying to poach companies. Perry says he wants to spark a competition between the states and has criticized Illinois' nearly $100 billion in pension debt.

Governors from Indiana, Wisconsin and New Jersey have made similar attempts.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has dismissed them as publicity attempts and says Illinois is a great place to do business.

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