Connecticut is the 45th Best State for Business 2013

Previous State: Michigan Next State: New Jersey

No. 45Connecticut

Taxations & Regulations

Workforce Quality

Living Environment

Based on CEO Survey by

Key Metrics
State GDP 

  • % Growth ’10-’11: 2.0
  • % Growth ’10-’11 v. Nat’l Avg. (1.5%): 0.5


  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2012 %: 8.2
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (7.80%): 0.4

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration ’10-’11: -16,848
  • Rank: 45

State Government

  • Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’10 ($): 8,465
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 537.4

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 10.1
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.9%): 0.25
Key Companies
  • General Electric Company
  • Xerox Company
  • Aetna Corporation
  • The Hartford Financial Services
  • Stanley Black & Decker
Development Trend Indicator: Neutral
Trying to hold line on taxes and spending but solid-blue state lacks growth.
CEO Comments
“Unfunded future pension and healthcare liabilities are future taxes that are at this point unknown. Business does not like unpredictable factors that are this critical to long term ongoing investments and operations in any state! Illinois, California, Connecticut and many others have this issue.”

“Connecticut is a tax and spend, Democrat-controlled state with no debate. The state agencies do not coordinate their actions and there are several that could be combined as they each have a part in incentives or solutions. Governor Malloy is more visible than prior governors, but likes to pick winners and losers rather than establish an environment for all businesses as other states do.”

“Connecticut is the worst. Poor leadership.”

“Connecticut is vastly under-rated as a place to do business. While it has a higher cost of living and an imperfect regulatory environment, it also has a fantastic living environment, great workforce, and exceptional access to major domestic and international businesses.”

“Illinois appears to be degrading faster than the others although it is followed closely by Connecticut. The lack of a world class airport in Connecticut severely hinders our business and imposes significant additional costs.”

“Connecticut continues to be controlled by the state and teachers unions. Unfunded pension liability and other mandated costs contribute to high taxes which make CT unfriendly to new business. The politicians just don’t get it.”

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Tax Foundation

Previous State: #44 Michigan Next State: #46 New Jersey


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