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DeLeo Encouraging Zuckerberg To Move Facebook Back To Mass.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to reporters at Harvard University November 7, 2011 in Cambridge. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to reporters at Harvard University November 7, 2011 in Cambridge. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has a message for former Harvard undergrad and billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: Come home.

DeLeo has published an open letter on the Menlo Park Patch website touting the virtues of setting up shop in the Bay State.

Facebook was founded in Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room.

DeLeo said a lot has changed since Zuckerberg left Massachusetts for California in 2004.

The Winthrop Democrat points to a jobs bill he’s pushing he says will strengthen the state’s innovation economy.

The speaker also takes a jab at California, pointing out the state faces a multibillion dollar deficit while Massachusetts has continued to pass balanced budgets.

DeLeo’s letter comes as Facebook prepares sell stock as part of an initial public offering that could be worth more than $100 billion.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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