Virginia, Utah mount joint raid on California jobs

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utah and Virginia want a piece of California.

Governors from the two states will visit Orange County, Silicon Valley and San Francisco this week to try to lure jobs away from the Golden State.

Utah’s Gary Herbert and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, both Republicans, see their states as alternatives to California’s high taxes, notorious red tape and rollercoaster state finances.

Utah and Virginia are teaming up to target California jobs and businesses a few months after Forbes magazine ranked them atop its annual list of best states for business.

California’s jobless rate is 9.6 percent, while Utah’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent in February and Virginia’s is pegged at 5.6 percent.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown won’t be around when the governors arrive. He’s on a trade mission to China.

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