10 Best States for Business 2012: Slideshow

Here's a look at the best states in which to do business in 2012 and what CEOs had to say about them.
No 10: Arizona

No. 10

Arizona is the 10th Best State for Business 2012

Taxation and Regulations
Workforce Quality
Living Environment

Based on CEO Survey by ChiefExecutive.net

Development Trend Indicator—Positive
Entrepreneurial activity surges as companies hope for personal-property tax relief.
CEO Comments
“Arizona has poor education rating, a Right to Work Law that has employees paid poorly & a very high turn over rating in good times & bad. Many are over qualified for most jobs because AZ employers do not want to hire or give decent pay to live on if you are a Ph.D. &/or have more than 5 years of experience.”

“Arizona only appears on the surface to be business friendly – for micro mainstreet businesses they appear to do their best to make it difficult to do business in this state – counties and cities are difficult to work around.”

“Arizona provides the best bottom line operating environment and the least regulation – so that business needs get met. It’s an overlooked west coast location.”



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