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Best/Worst States for Business 2012: Biggest Gains from 2008

Louisiana is the most improved state, jumping 32 spots in just 5 years. Here are the other states on the rise.

No 20: Wisconsin

No. 20

Wisconsin Gains 23 Spots Since 2008

Taxation and Regulations
Workforce Quality
Living Environment

Based on CEO Survey by ChiefExecutive.net

Ranking Change from 2008
2012 Rank— 20
2008 Rank— 43
Total change— 23
Development Trend Indicator—Positive
New conservative statehouse is shaking things up, drawing business favor.
CEO Comments
“I applaud what Wisconsin and Indiana are trying to do. As a “Badger”, I’m hopeful Gov. Walker is allowed to complete his term and I hope that the Right to Work legislation takes effect in Indiana.”

“In our home state of Wisconsin there is a palatable enthusiasm amongst business executives that we are roaring back due to a clear vision of job creation (e.g. mining in the north) and stable State budgets (allowing us to take more risks).”

“Poor governorship in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and others, results in negative international press attention, a contentious environment, hostile unions, ineffective work force training, and marginal support services.”

“We only do business in Wisconsin. Since Gov. Walker was elected we have seen a significant improvement in taxes and business conditions.”

“Wisconsin is headed in the right direction.”


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