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Best States and Worst States For Business—What About Yours?

Craig HueyEconomics, Free Markets and Socialism Leave a Comment

The best states for jobs, economic growth … and retirement.

Where is your state on the rich state, poor state list?

The American Legislative Exchange Council weighs all fifty states based on diverse outcomes including taxes, labor laws, and regulatory schemas.

States like Tennessee have jumped significantly higher in job growth following their repeal of the inheritance tax. In general, states with no income tax rank higher overall.

The Ten Best states for business are:

  1. Utah
  2. North Carolina
  3. North Dakota
  4. Wyoming
  5. Arizona
  6. Indiana
  7. Tennessee
  8. Florida
  9. Wisconsin (a first for this state in the Top Ten!)
  10. Oklahoma

ALEC’s 9th Edition of Rich States/Poor States (ALEC)

The Ten Worst states for business are:

  1. Oregon
  2. Hawaii
  3. Illinois
  4. Delaware
  5. Minnesota
  6. California
  7. Connecticut
  8. New Jersey
  9. Vermont
  10. New York

Incidentally, North Carolina, Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Idaho, Mississippi, and Arkansas all have religious freedom acts … and wages, jobs, and business growth is booming!

Do you think that expanding religious freedoms guarantee a stronger economy, or is it the other way around?

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