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Virginia named top state for business

Anita Kumar

Move over, Texas.

Virginia was named the most pro-business state in America, according to the Pollina Corporate 2010 rankings released today.

Last month, CNBC announced that Virginia had slipped to second place in a similar ranking, falling behind Texas. But Texas didn't even make Pollina's top 10.

Pollina's study involves 31 factors, including taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.

It is the fourth time Virginia has held the top spot. Utah was ranked second, followed by Wyoming, South Carolina and North Carolina.

"Pollina has pointed out what we've known here in Virginia for a long time -- that we are the best state in America for business,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "That's no small feat in such a tough economy. Pollina clearly recognized the pro-business atmosphere and first-class educational system we have built here in Virginia. And that work is ongoing."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 5, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
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so virginia is pro-business. the flip side is they are anti-employee, anti-choice, pro-discrimination, anti-science, anti-human rights, and it's just a matter of time for all of that to catch up.
virginia is certainly a great place for big corporations, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 5, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Maryland is a great place for illegal immigrants, labor union members, environmentalists, social activists, peaceniks, people who live off the government dole, and socialists. This also explains why MD has higher taxes and higher crime rates.

So maryland is anti-business. It's been catching up with maryland for the last 20 years. If it weren't for BRAC, MD would have become an utter wasteland for businesses and job growth. Four more years of MOM, and we'll see a further exodus of companies. Who'll pick up the tab? We will.

Posted by: avpcomp2 | August 5, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Neither O'Malley or Ehrlich are ideal choices for Maryland.

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | August 5, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

This is great news & thanks for the report.

Of course we believe it is because Virginia has one of the nation's strongest state third parties, the Independent Green Party of Virginia...

The Indy Greens are pro Virginia business...The 2010 platform calls for growing green Virginia Jobs by building high speed rail statewide..

Grow Green Jobs in Virginia!
Virginia’s Independent Green endorsee/nominees:
1st District, retired U.S. Air Force officer Gail for Rail Parker: mother, grandmother, businesswoman, conservative.
2nd retired Navy Commodore Kenny Golden
3rd retired U.S. Air Force vet John Kelly. John is father of active duty U.S. Air Force officer. Conservative
4th realtor Janet Murphy - liberal
5th Jeff Clark, businessman, U.S. Army veteran,husband, father. Elected Independent Green Party 5th Congressional District Chairman - conservative
6th Harvard grad, Professor Jeff Vanke
7th Floyd Bayne, businessman, husband, father, elected Independent Green Party 7th Congressional District Vice Chairman
8th retired Navy Captain Ron “for Rail” Fisher, husband, father, grandfather.
9th businessman, U.S. Army veteran Jeremiah Heaton, husband, father, businessman, conservative
10th accountant Bill Redpath(L)*
11th realtor Dave “for Rail” Gillis, Virginia native, conservative
Virginia's Independent Green Party advocates "More Candidates, Less Apathy"
"More Trains, Less Traffic"
Build High Speed Rail across Virgina, and the United States. Light rail into where we live.
"Fiscally Conservative, Socially Responsible"
Balance the Federal Budget. Pay off the Federal Debt. Install and auditable accounting system at the Pentagon. Stop no bid uncontested contracts.
The Indy Greens have endorsed the Green Party candidate for Arlington County Board Kevin Chishom.
Indy Greens web site
Follow Green Party at

Posted by: CareyCampbell | August 5, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

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