CNBC is in the process of unveiling its “Top States for Business 2012”  and once again, North Carolina ranks very high. This year, we’re fourth — down from last year’s ranking of third.
This is from David Bracken at Raleigh’s News & Observer :
“The Tar Heel state ranked highest in infrastructure and technology, workforce, technology and innovation and business friendliness. The state’s ranked lower in the health of its overall economy and its quality of life.”
Got that? We rank high, as always, when it comes to “business friendliness,” but lower when it comes to “quality of life.” In other words, the conservative “let’s copy Mississippi” approach to state development (i.e. slashing taxes even further and reducing outlays for essential public structures like education, environmental protection and preservation, the arts and urban planning has been shown, yet again, to be sadly shortsighted.