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Apparently you are against business in North Carolina if you want to reduce the influence of big money in municipal elections, allow local school boards to decide when the school year begins, and make people wait to join private clubs that serve alcohol.

Those are some of the bills used by the N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation to come up with its 2009 business ratings of state lawmakers. 

Protecting the public from the deadly effects of second hand smoke was another anti-business measure according to the survey.

Support for public schools and higher education was not included in the ratings, even though they are mentioned by virtually every corporation considering a move to North Carolina.

Keeping the state’s top credit rating doesn’t matter either. Neither does any quality of life indicator.

None of that makes much sense, but is not that surprising considering some of the folks on the FreeEnterprise board.

There’s Tim Kent from the N.C. Realtors Association, a host of business lobbyists, and of course, Art Pope.

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