There is some angst and fingerpointing in my home state of Maine. Passingâ€¨through the state on my way to an interview in New Hampshire, I noticed theâ€¨contretemps as recorded in the Lewiston, Maine newspaper.Â Apparently theâ€¨business magazine Forbes has listed all the states of the union in orderâ€¨of the quality of their “business climate.” Maine, my beloved Maine, cameâ€¨in at the bottom, an embarrassing number 50 (out of 50, in case youâ€¨forgot). Maine’s employment growth, not great;Â venture capital investing,â€¨weak; median household income growth, pretty anemic.â€¨â€¨
According to an aide quoted by the Sun Journal, Maine’s governor questionsâ€¨a magazine that thinks quality of life is better in New Jersey than it isâ€¨in Maine.Â I have to be careful not to take sides in that contest, as Iâ€¨currently hold an NJ driver’s license.â€¨
I admire Forbes for featuring among its indicators quality of life.Â But Iâ€¨do wonder how much weight the magazine gives it. Texas ranked #2 behindâ€¨Virginia for top business climate, yet Texas was down at #23 for qualityâ€¨of life.