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South Dakota is 15th Best State for Business 2014

Topping Bankrate.com’s Best States for Retirement, CNBC says that North Dakota has a lot going for it, including a low cost of living, crime rate and taxes and quality healthcare. Home to Mount Rushmore, the cost of living is more than 18% lower than the national average, according to published reports.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Florida is the 2nd Best State for Business 2014

“We’ve learned from Texas how to tell our story better and it helps that we’ve cut taxes 25 times, by about $400 million,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott told Chief Executive magazine. “When companies like Hertz, Amazon, Deutsche Bank and Verizon add jobs here, it causes more people to look at us. Business is comfortable that we’ll keep the tax base low and improve our workforce.”

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Alaska is the 32nd Best State for Business 2014

Alaska is considered a “best state” for startups. Since Alaska has no individual income or state-level sales taxes, more entrepreneurs are burning the long, midnight oil in the land of the midnight sun. That qualified it for the No. 4 spot in the Tax Foundation’s latest State Business Tax Climate Index. Last year, the state cut taxes for small businesses earning $222,000 or less, and oil-tax simplification will give Alaska a great economic advantage. The state tied for No. 4 in the three-year Kaufmann Index.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Alabama Is the 17th Best State for Business 2014

Alabama’s GDP growth was up 1.2% in 2012 vs. 2011, while its unemployment and tax rates were both less than the national average. The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama is predicting a 2.4% output growth rate for 2014, which would, in turn, generate 25,000 jobs.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Utah is the 13th Best State for Business 2014

Utah’s population is growing faster than the national average, and the government has created the “Envision Utah” plan to manage that growth productively.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Montana is the 31st Best State for Business 2014

Montana had a lower ranking than all four of its border states. Idaho came in at 28th; North Dakota was 12th; South Dakota 15th and Wyoming 18th. It’s 2.1% GDP growth is lower than the national average, but so are its unemployment and tax rates (5.2% and 8.6%, respectively.)

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

How CEOs Grade the Best/Worst States: 2014

Here’s a look at how our CEOs graded the states for this year’s survey. For additional reference are other important state statistics.

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Pennsylvania is 42nd Best State for Business 2014

“Gov. Corbett came into office in 2011 inheriting a $4.2 billion budget deficit and a business climate much maligned for nearly a decade,” Kelli Roberts, Deputy Director of Communications to Gov. Tom Corbett, told Chief Executive magazine in February. In two and a half years, the governor eliminated significant budget deficits without raising taxes on families and implemented significant business tax and climate reforms … [putting] Pennsylvania’s economy back on the path to prosperity.”

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Washington is the 33rd Best State for Business 2014

In Washington state, small businesses are adding jobs faster than in any other state in the country, according to CCNMoney.com. The jobless rate was just 6.7% in March, with 6,700 new jobs created, according to GeekWire. In Seattle, the jobless rate was even lower, at 5.2%. The city plans to raise its minimum wage to $15/hour.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

Oklahoma is the 20th Best State for Business 2014

Despite falling six spots from last year, one respondent reported that Oklahoma was “business friendly,” possibly due to the fact that Oklahoma did trim some taxes last year. However, the state also dropped from 14th to 21st for economic rank in the American Legislative Exchange Council economic competitiveness assessment.

JP Donlon Best & Worst States , Best & Worst States for Business 2014 May 8 2014

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