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

Over the last 5 years, Oregon has dropped 15 spots on the Best/Worst States for Business list. Here’s a slideshow of the other states who have been steadily in decline.

No 26: New Hampshire 

No. 26

New Hampshire Loses 12 Spots Since 2008

Taxation and Regulations
Workforce Quality
Living Environment


Based on CEO Survey by ChiefExecutive.net

Ranking Change from 2008
2012 Rank— 26
2008 Rank— 24
Total change— -12
Development Trend Indicator—Neutral
Statehouse continues tax-friendly ways and nurtures entrepreneurial work.
CEO Comments
“All New England states with exception of New Hampshire have high personal taxes, both income and property. High business taxes with terrible state and local regulations that hinder all businesses. Workforce education not keeping up with new and future business needs.” 

“New Hampshire is coming on strong. If they can ever institute “right-to-work” legislation, they could rise to number one.”


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