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May 2, 2014 4:32 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Brown: Little state could have done to keep Toyota

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says it appears there was little California could have done to keep Toyota from moving its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs to Texas, saying "change is inevitable."

The Democratic governor noted that senior Toyota officials said the company wanted to consolidate operations in one location.

Company officials said the decision to consolidate in Plano, a suburb of Dallas, was based partly on its proximity to company manufacturing plants. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said his state offered Toyota $40 million in incentives.

Republicans have criticized Toyota's move as another sign of California's inhospitable business climate.

Brown told reporters in Los Angeles on Friday that a static economy is a dead one. Still, he says he is concerned about making California "as attractive a place as we can."

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