Once again, the best state for business

Item by Chris Graham

And the blowhards are trying to say that Virginia would be better off without Tim Kaine …

Forbes.com has once again named Virginia as its “Best State for Business.” It was the third consecutive annual recognition for the Commonwealth by the folks at Forbes, all three on the watch of Kaine, who was inaugurated as governor in January 2006.

Virginia also holds the current recognition as top-performing state government in America (Governing Magazine, 2008) and the designation as one of CNBC’s best states for business (2007 and 2008).

“Virginia has long enjoyed a business-friendly climate. The Commonwealth’s regulatory and legal environments are tough to beat, as well as our strong, educated labor force,” Kaine said today. “This best-in-nation validation speaks volumes to our competitiveness in today’s global market. It’s a real honor to receive this recognition from Forbes.com once, but to be named the ‘Best State for Business’ three years in a row is a true accomplishment for which we should all be proud.”

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