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Virginia, Utah mount joint raid on California jobs

LOS ANGELES — California sends tomorrow's technology, Hollywood blockbusters and terrific pinot noir to the world. Now, the governors of Utah and Virginia want the Golden State to export more of something else: Jobs.

To make that pitch to California businesses, Utah's Gary Herbert and Virginia's Bob McDonnell, both Republicans, have scheduled joint stops beginning Thursday in Orange County, Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

They intend to position their states as antidotes to California's high taxes, notorious red tape and rollercoaster state finances.

In other words, they want job-rich companies to say goodbye Santa Monica and Palo Alto, hello Provo and Arlington.

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, won't be around when the governors descend on his state, He's on a previously planned trade mission to China.


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