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JP Donlon is the Editor-in-Chief of Chief Executive magazine.

Kansas is the 26th Best State for Business 2014

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 46,000 new jobs were added to the Kansas economy over the last three years. Compared to neighboring states, Kansas ranks fourth out of five for job growth. However, when looking at the 58,000 jobs Kansas lost in 2009, according to the Kansas City Star, it appears that Kansas is on its way back up.

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South Carolina is the 5th Best State for Business 2014

Previous State:North Carolina Next State: Indiana No. 05 South Carolina Taxations & Regulations Workforce Quality Living Environment Key Metrics State GDP  % Growth ’11-’12: 2.7/strong> % Growth ’11-’12 v. Nat’l Avg. (2.5%): 0.2 Unemployment Unemployment Rate Dec. 2013 %: 6.6 Comparison with Nat’l Rate (6.70%): -0.1 Domestic Migration Domestic Net Migration 2013: 29,324 Rank: 5 State Government State Debt per ...

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Wyoming is the 18th Best State for Business 2014

Wyoming has two major issues on the table right now that could affect the future economy: 1) a series of bridges that are in disrepair and will require funding, and the question of emission standards for coal-fired plants. As the lead coal supplier in the U.S., Gov. Mead told the Associated Press that the EPA’s new requirements would adversely affect Wyoming’s economy. Wyoming supplies about 40% of the U.S. coal supply.

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Colorado is the 16th Best State for Business 2014

In addition to the business activity that legalized marijuana is driving, Colorado is also considered a good state for startups, ranking No. 6 in the Kaufmann Index with its legacy of technology and new-age food companies. Four of Colorado’s cities—Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland, Denver and Colorado Springs—were considered top U.S. metro areas for high-tech startup density.

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Wisconsin is the 14th Best State for Business 2014

“Since taking office in 2011, my number one goal has been to help the private sector create jobs by establishing a favorable climate for economic growth,” Gov. Walker told Chief Executive magazine. Chief Executive’s ranking, he said, reflects the improved business climate in Wisconsin resulting from “our aggressive strategy to grow the economy, develop our workforce, transform education, reform government, and invest in our infrastructure.”

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Iowa is the 19th Best State for Business 2014

Gov. Terry Branstad is working on legislature that would make Iowa attractive to returning vets looking for work and education. Called Home Base Iowa, the bill will exempt taxes for the nearly 8,000 returning Iowa vets. In addition, he has a plan for creating 200,000+ new jobs over the next five years.

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