Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

2 responses to “CNBC analysis: states good to business stink for people”

  1. Sully

    The Right argues that the costs to do business in RI, particulaly government taxes and fees, are too high.
    The Left argues that the state does not do enough to help others and increase out qulaity of life.
    Both are right – what RI doesn’t provide is a good value – it has high costs and low services.

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  2. GayleGifford

    There are a few more RI connections than you know.
    Given that one of my best friends chooses to live there (a former Rhode Islander, though she got there after living in many different spots in the US) and we’ve traveled there a lot, I feel compelled to say a few things in South Dakota’s favor:
    It’s a great place to visit as a tourist. Especially the western part of the state. Here are spots we’ve been too and loved:
    Custer State Park – with the spectacular Needles, the Black Hills Playhouse, camping and the 18 mile wildlife loop where you can see big horn sheep, mountain goats, bison, prairie dogs, pronghorn and more.
    Mt. Rushmore — Though you might think you want to hate it, it’s pretty impressive when you get there. And the in progress Crazy Horse Memorial (which you can see from the bike trail)
    Jewel Cave and Wind Cave
    The 114 mile George S. Mickelson Trail bike trail that runs from Deadwood to Edgemont

    Harney Peak, the highest summit in the US after the Rockies. Incredible views
    The BadLands – pretty intense
    The Black Hills of South Dakota
    Rapid City is kind of neat for a small city
    The Mammoth Site and Evans Plunge in Hot Springs
    I’m not sure I’d go out of my way for the Corn Palace.
    And then there is Sturgis Rally (though I’ve never been)

    The late Sen. George McGovern (okay, mixed reviews on him)
    and there is more.
    They do have some of the worst poverty in the US on Native American reservations. And a pretty conservative republican government.
    And tourism and government employment are very important part of the economic landscape. 
    They don’t have the Ocean.
    Anyway, it’s a great place for a vacation. And totally fun to take the kids.

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