Editor's note: This commentary was written before the release of the Top States 2015 data. The governor did not have knowledge of the rankings or the comprehensive data.
People across the nation know Montana as "Big Sky Country" or the "Last Best Place" thanks to our stunning landscapes, blue-ribbon trout streams, and welcoming communities. Fewer people recognize that Montana has one of the most competitive business climates to go along with our exceptional quality of life.
Montana is consistently listed as one of the top ten states for our business tax climate and was recently honored with having the most equitable tax system of any of the 50 states. The pioneering spirit is alive and well in Montana as we have more entrepreneurs per capita than any state. People and businesses are increasingly recognizing the simple fact that Montana is one of the best places to live, work, and invest.