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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 2: Florida

No. 2

Florida Gains 8 Spots Since 2008

Taxation and Regulations
Workforce Quality
Living Environment

Based on CEO Survey by ChiefExecutive.net

Ranking Change from 2008
2012 Rank— 2
2008 Rank— 10
Total change— 8
Development Trend Indicator—Positive
New tax relief—and boosterish Gov. Scott—excite owners and executives.
CEO Comments
“Florida is getting much better.”

“Florida is not that banker friendly. The foreclosure process takes several years on average and this is holding their recovery back.”

“Florida has a bad business environment for insurance companies with tough regulations.”

“I am a one-woman business. The only things important to me are weather/climate and status of state income taxes. Florida nor Texas have state income taxes, and they have great weather—with El paso topping everything.”

“The Carolinas, Florida, and Texas have become very business friendly, with excellent workforces, high quality of life, and moderate cost of living.”

“Florida is now the worst state for third party bad faith. Trial bar is running the state. Citizens Insurance is a major problem that could bankrupt the state if a major disaster hits Florida.”

“Florida is not that banker friendly. The foreclosure process takes several years on average and this is holding their recovery back.”

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