Gov. McDonnell to Gov. Perry: We'll be back on top next year
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) took the news that Virginia had slipped to the second-best state for business in stride. He called Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) Wednesday to congratulate him on his state's new honor.
"I phoned Governor Perry to congratulate him on being number one, but told him he couldn't expect a whole lot of that next year,'' McDonnell told reporters. "We'll be back up."
CNBC announced Tuesday that Virginia had indeed slipped to second place after holding the top spot in 2009 and 2007, the first year of the network's ranking. Texas was in the top spot in 2008, while Virginia was in second place that year, too.
Virginia still ranks first on Forbes magazine's list of best states for business -- and has for the past four years.
"There are still uncertainties in this economy,'' McDonnell said. "And while these numbers are a positive sign for our citizens in Virginia, there is much hard to work to be done. It's no time to let up on conservative budgeting and it's certainly no time to let up on the fiscal discipline that we have tried to bring to state spending."
Virginia came in second in business friendliness, ninth in workforce and access to capital and 10th in technology and innovation. But it ranked 26th on the cost of doing business and 27th on high cost of living.
McDonnell said he and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), the chief jobs creation officer, will hold a news conference tomorrow to announce that 72,000 jobs have been created in Virginia in the past three months, the third-best such figure in the country.
July 14, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
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