"For decades, Oregon's charms routinely won over the surveyors whose job was to rank places according to beauty, efficiency and livability. The state in recent years was hailed as the place "Where It Works" and its largest city, Portland, as one of the nation's best places to live... The state is a place where it no longer works. The region called "most livable" is now seen by many as the least functional. The national recession and the Internet meltdown, combined with an unstable tax system, have gutted Oregon's budget."
Thanks to Chris Steins