News Forbes to Dino Rossi: Really Sorry, Dude.
posted by July 11 at 9:30 AMon
Forbes magazine is handing Gov. Christine Gregoire a campaign gift.
You’ll remember that Republican Dino Rossi campaigned in 2004 on improving Washington state’s business climate. He said it was his number one priority.
Well guess what? Forbes is coming out with its rankings of the 50 states by business climate and Washington State is the feature story.
Why? Because it made the biggest leap over the last year from 12th Best State to do Busines to 5th Best State to do Business.
From the lead paragraph of the Forbes round-up:
In Forbes.com’s second annual Top States for Business, Virginia may be the top-ranked state for the second straight year, but Washington is the big story. The biggest mover (tied with Tennessee), rising from 12th to fifth place, Washington is also the only state to finish in the top five in three main categories (labor, regulatory environment and growth). And Washington’s numbers are up across the board when you look both backward and at projections into the future.
One of Washington’s big strengths is reduced red tape. The Office of Regulatory Assistance helps individuals and businesses sort through the many layers of government regulation all in one place. If a number of state agencies need to be contacted for a new business to obtain permits, it can be handled from one source.
That’s part of why Washington has had more businesses open per capita the past three years than any other state in the U.S. Another reason: A culture of innovation. “Innovation is the common thread throughout every industry in Washington,” says Juli Wilkerson, who heads up Washington’s economic development office. Venture capital spending in the state is the fifth-highest in the country, totaling $2.6 billion the past three years.
Man, Rossi and the Republicans just got seriously tasered. Their whole thing is supposed to be that Gregoire is expanding government at the expense of the marketplace. Actually her budget is just keeping up with the economy. And apparently, she’s doing a damn good job with the marketplace.
The Forbes article ends with this bullet to Rossi’s head:
With a highly educated work force and a pro-business regulatory environment, Washington is poised to remain one of the best states to do business in—and to climb even higher on next year’s list.