Best and Worst States for Business

 

Chief Executive magazine has released their 10th annual survey of CEOs concerning their views of the best states and the worst states for business. More than 500 CEOs graded states on their tax and regulatory regimes, quality of the workforce, and quality of life.

I created a graphic of the 10 best and the 10 worst. The results may surprise you: BestWorstStates (Just kidding — the results aren’t surprising at all.)

All states in the Top 10 have GOP governors; Seven of the Bottom 10 are run by Democrats. Those three GOP-led states in the Bottom 10 all went for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Where does your state rank?

There are 25 comments.

  1. Member

    45, but at least we’re not Illinois, New York, or California. And at least we’re not under Canadian leadership anymore.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm
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  2. Thatcher

    Oregon has escaped the bottom 10!

    We’re 38! We’re 38!

    In your face, Rhode Island!

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    • May 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm
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  3. Thatcher

    An additional note: California’s being at the absolute bottom of the list partially vindicates my move to Oregon. Sure, Oregon isn’t that much better, but anything is better than California. A move out of California is a positive step up no matter where you end up.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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  4. Member

    Thirteenth. Not bad.

    • #4
    • May 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm
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  5. Inactive

    Oy vey we fell out of the top 10. Won’t be 11 for long at this rate either.

    • #5
    • May 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm
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  6. Member

    Bummer. We lost 46th place to… Massachusetts?!? Did you ever notice how funny that name is? I mean, we have towns called “Secaucus” “Totowa” “Hohokus” and “Succasunna,” but as state names go, Mass is pretty funny.

    Anyhow, don’t think of us as the “basement.” Think of us as the “foundation.” There, that’s better…

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    • May 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm
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  7. Thatcher

    33, with all-Dem. leadership, population who tends to re-elect those [insert derogatory term here], like McDermott (+80% every time). No income tax, but business “gross-receipts” tax. Moving to Eastern WA is almost like going to another state.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm
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  8. Inactive

    Arahant:

    45, but at least we’re not Illinois, New York, or California. And at least we’re not under Canadian leadership anymore.

    Rick Snyder is an accomplished businessman, but perhaps his election is too little too late; the city of Detroit is draining the rest of the state. Glad I live in Florida now.

    @ Tallahassee: I love Rick Scott!

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    • May 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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  9. Member

    4. But we’re down one from last year. And there are buckets of cerulean political and financial capital pouring into NC with hopes of turning this state solid Dem. It’s been a hard, unrelenting push for the last 40 years, centered in the colleges and universities [I’m shocked, shocked, I say!]. Many of the cities and towns are members of Mayors Against Illegal [HA!] Guns and ICLEI, and have adopted Common Core. It’s not looking good…
    One thing you can say for the Commies – they’re persistent.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm
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  10. Member

    Indiana is doing well, thanks to great leadership like former Governor Mitch Daniels and now Mike Pence. Indiana is known for automobile and RV manufacturing. We also have a lot of medical device manufacturers. Unfortunately those are being seriously squeezed by the Obamacare medical device tax and rapidly increasing FDA regulations. That sector is suffering bad right now.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 4:44 am
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  11. Member

    As a Texas transplant to Tennessee, I’ve been lucky to spend my life in two of the top 10 states. But as Eeyore points out above, the Left never stops trying to screw things up. They are relentless in their foolishness.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 5:20 am
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  12. Member

    And everyone says Texas is the greatest state to live in. What is so bad about being number two when you have way better beaches than Texas, Disney World, and rocket launches with the occasional one going boom. Nothing boring like training astronauts or ground control

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    • May 15, 2014 at 6:12 am
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  13. Member

    Born in 45. Moved to 48. Maybe I need a life-coach.

    • #13
    • May 15, 2014 at 8:55 am
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  14. Member

    RightinChicago: Born in 45. Moved to 48. Maybe I need a life-coach.

    We must have passed each other in our respective moves.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 9:27 am
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  15. Chief
    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Arizona moved from six to seven. Can’t complain, but we could be much better. My personal favorite gubernatorial candidate, former Cold Stone Creamery CEO (where he was my boss) and current state Treasurer Doug Ducey, is proposing a gradual elimination of the state income tax. This would significantly raise our appeal to fleeing California businesses.

    I also admire Scott Walker whose state is continuing its climb in the rankings, moving from 17 to 14.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 10:06 am
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  16. Inactive

    Songwriter:

    As a Texas transplant to Tennessee, I’ve been lucky to spend my life in two of the top 10 states. But as Eeyore points out above, the Left never stops trying to screw things up. They are relentless in their foolishness.

    I spent 4 terrific years in Nashville; it is one of the loveliest, most livable, and civilized cities in this country. Wonderful restaurants and you can’t beat the music. Lucky you!

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    • May 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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  17. Thatcher

    Yes! 50, baby!
    What, do you mean 50 isn’t good? But, but we’re building at high-speed train for the central valley! 
    We aren’t all winners just for participating? 
    My self-esteem hurts.

    • #17
    • May 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm
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  18. Thatcher

    California has Gov. Moonbeam, again. Does that count?

    Now, I’m off to find my reusable grocery bags & stroll down aisles of gluten-free water and organic kale.

    • #18
    • May 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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  19. Member

    danys: But, but we’re building at high-speed train for the central valley!

    Will it squirt out water to water the crops?

    • #19
    • May 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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  20. Thatcher

    Micro-agression!
    Honesty compels me to say that it squirts debt.

    • #20
    • May 15, 2014 at 1:55 pm
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  21. Thatcher

    danys:

    Micro-agression! Honesty compels me to say that it squirts debt.

     But it’s totally gonna be awesome when it’s done, just like his other big project, the Bay Bridge!

    • #21
    • May 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm
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  22. Thatcher

    C. U. Douglas:

    danys:

    Micro-agression! Honesty compels me to say that it squirts debt.

    But it’s totally gonna be awesome when it’s done, just like his other big project, the Bay Bridge!

     And totally awesome doesn’t come cheap. You gotta spend money to spend money.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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  23. Inactive

    50?!?!?! Sweet, 7 more and we’ll have made it all the way to the bottom. Nice!

    (The new Bay Bridge did turn out nice. Expensive…but nice)

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    • May 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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  24. Inactive

    New York has been running ads about all the great benefits to starting or moving a business here–if you are a moron. The current tax breaks and whatnot may be useful, but you know New York is like Aesop’s scorpion – eventually it will sting you because that is what it does.

    • #24
    • May 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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  25. Member

    EThompson:

    Songwriter:

    As a Texas transplant to Tennessee, I’ve been lucky to spend my life in two of the top 10 states. But as Eeyore points out above, the Left never stops trying to screw things up. They are relentless in their foolishness.

    I spent 4 terrific years in Nashville; it is one of the loveliest, most livable, and civilized cities in this country. Wonderful restaurants and you can’t beat the music. Lucky you!

     We do like it here a lot.

    • #25
    • May 16, 2014 at 5:47 am
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