Idaho Gov. Butch Otter touched off a political firestorm with his "Love Letter to Our Neighbors," AWB President Don Brunell writes in his weekly column.
But it should not come as a surprise that Idaho or any other state wants to lure away Washington's employers, especially its plums like Boeing, Costco, Microsoft and Starbucks. It's a competitive world.
Boeing's decision to move some of its production to South Carolina was a wake-up call, Brunell writes.
Otter's love letter is yet another wake-up call.
"Washington, like other states, has its advantages as well as its drawbacks," Brunell writes, noting the state's skilled workforce, access to research and technology and quality of life -- as well as its high business costs, including the business and occupation tax, workers' compensation and unemployment insurance.
"The constant recruitment isn't going to stop," Brunell writes.
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