Still #1Jul 31, 2008
This afternoon Governor Tim Kaine proudly touted in a press release Forbes Magazine's ranking of Virginia for the third straight year as the "Best State for Business." Interestingly, the Commonwealth maintained this rather impressive position despite:
1) What we have been told is a crumbling infrastructure and transportation system that is in desperate need of massive tax hikes and
2) Our marriage amendment.
Huh? Explain, you ask.
Well, I hate to bring up the lovely memories of 2006, but that fall Governor Kaine and opponents to the marriage amendment claimed that if Virginians voted in favor of protecting the definition of marriage it would surely make Virginia less attractive to business (among the other ridiculous claims of "unintended consequences"), bringing about sure economic ruin.
Such talk was nonsense, and we told everyone that. Of course, 57 percent of voters listened and the rest his history. But, every once in a while it's nice to be able to say well, we told you so.
Oh, and what of the states that have legalized same-sex marriage or civil unions and their Forbes rankings? New Jersey is 34th; Massachusetts and Vermont, tied for 36th; and California is 40th.