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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 16, 2006 at 2:02 PM

Washington’s business climate

Despite the fretting by some tech executives, Washington state is a pretty good place for businesses, according to a new Forbes report.

Too good, perhaps.

Washington the 12th most business friendly state. It ranked fifth in the categories of “regulatory climate” and “growth prospects.”

But it was ranked 41st in “quality of life” based on cost of living, schools, crime, poverty and health statistics.

Yikes. I hope Washington isn’t taking on the character of a developing country, one of those places where the government pours investment into a few standout industries and fails to provide adequate schools, healthcare and other basic services.

Virginia was ranked the most business-friendly state. Idaho fared well, placing sixth, while Oregon was 31st.

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