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Business climate not actually all that important to growing businesses

by: Eric B.

Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 13:40:20 PM EST


Another day, another assumption on which everything that's been done under this administration crumbles away.

Q: And when we look at the top-10 states for business climate and the top-10 states for private sector earnings, we're looking at two different lists?

A: There is basically no crossover.

We compared the states that are in the Tax Foundation's top 10 and bottom 10 for business climate. The 10 states that ranked best in the business climate had an average ranking of 21.8 in per capita income, while the 10 worst business climate states had an average ranking of 15.7.

So the states that had the worst rankings had, on average, higher per capita income than the states with the best business climate rankings. And when you see that, you have to ask: Why are you focusing on that top-10 list if it doesn't translate into a higher standard of living for the residents of your state?

And, really, making things better for the residents ought to be the focus of state government, since business is by its very nature a non-living entity.

What would help? Investing in education and cities. You know, stuff that's not getting done.

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