Friday, August 18, 2006

About That "Anti-Business" Business

Everyone has their adorable little pet peeves. Some get annoyed by grocery carts with broken wheels; others can't stand when acquaintances correct their language. Since he is such a regular old Common Man Bob, even our own governor has a pet peeve: anti-business legislation.

Ehrlich made headlines earlier this year when he called for the defeat of lawmakers he considers "anti-business." These legislators support "anti-business" proposals as varied asraising the minimum wage, curbing four different pollutants, and improving health coverage for low-income workers. Left unchecked, Ehrlich fears, the Democratic-controlled legislature could head so far down the anti-business path that companies will start flooding out of Maryland in droves.

The absurdity of the governor's thinking was confirmed earlier this week by a business magazine that tends even further to the right than Ehrlich. Forbes magazine ranked Maryland 11th in its Best States for Business listing. Based on factors like business costs, regulatory environment, and quality of life, the editors concluded the Old Line State is a prime spot to conduct business. And despite the rhetoric of Bobby-Business-Before-People, 85 states were determined to have even more cumbersome regulatory environments.

from The League: Reassembled


Blogger Bruce Godfrey said...

Hi League. Surely you meant "35" states.....

8/18/2006 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

Nope. Maryland's "Regulatory Environment" was ranked 15th out of the 100 states, meaning that Forbes believes 85 states' laws and taxes create more burdensome regulatory environments for businesses than Maryland's.

8/19/2006 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Godfrey said...

fascinating. I did not know that the United States had 100 states. Perhaps you are referring to foreign sovereign governments. Forbes seemed to be talking about U.S. states.

8/20/2006 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

Bruce, you are absolutely right. The League needs some sleep.

8/20/2006 11:03:00 AM  

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