Mr. Rodricks rightly points out that despite the "worst economic decline since the Great Depression," while the housing market tanked, major banks collapsed, businesses downsized or closed, people lost jobs and homeowners faced foreclosures, Maryland has weathered the recession in much better shape than most states in our region and across the country. Three observations reveal some interesting facts such as while there were 8,688 fewer businesses in Maryland in 2011 than there were in 2007, Virginia lost 10,579 jobs during that same period. A Towson University study "shows that from 2007 to 2011, 5,541 firms moved out of Maryland while 4,789 moved in." And finally, the study he cites indicates "Maryland business establishments show net gains of 1,854 in 2012 and 1,400 the year before." During this time period, Maryland was viewed by our detractors as unfriendly and hostile to business interests because our state leadership in Annapolis was led by anti-business tax happy Democrats, yet the facts don't bear this out.