10 Best States for Business

No. 9Louisiana

Its high-tech side emerges by landing major IBM site for Baton Rouge, and entrepreneurism grows. But Louisiana still mostly lags rest of top 10 “Best States” in tax-friendliness.

Governor: Bobby Jindal (Republican)
Tax Foundation rank: 33
ALEC-Laffer Economic Outlook rank: 28
Kauffman Foundation Index of Entrepreneurial Activity (2012) rank: 10
Total Nonfarm Employment Percentage Growth (2013): 9
Economic-development contact: Louisiana Economic Development, 800/450-8115, www.OpportunityLouisiana.com; Stephen Moret, Secretary

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