Gov. Rick Scott has tried it in Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois, California, Connecticut, New York and Maryland.
On Thursday, he made a pitch to businesses in an eight state with a Democratic governor, Massachusetts, to book a "one-way ticket" to Florida to take advantage of the state's "business-friendly environment." He mailed letters to 100 businesses asking them to come south.
“Florida’s economic formula is working – while Florida’s unemployment rate has seen the second largest drop in the country, Massachusetts’ June unemployment rate increased to the highest since November 2011. While Florida ranks 5th in the nation for our business tax climate, Massachusetts is stuck at #22, according to the Tax Foundation. It’s bound to get worse in Massachusetts, as just last week we saw them raise taxes on gasoline and even computer services.”
And like he did with other states, he drew a rapid response from the governor. According to the Boston Globe, Governor Deval Patrick’s economic development secretary, Gregory Bialecki, issued a retort arguing that Massachusetts has recovered faster and stronger from the recession than other states, including Florida.