America's best states for business

Want to open a business? These states offer the most fertile conditions for growth.

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Jun 26, 2014 7:31AM
Jun 25, 2014 10:07PM
Best States for business are in the South.  Best States for welfare are in the North.
Jun 26, 2014 8:31AM

Where are all the blue states?


Oh yes, rusting in Union obsolescence.

Jul 22, 2014 6:35AM
Obama Minions are you listening? , socialism does not work, companies are leaving NY , Calif. in droves because of the Taxes, and government regulations.  Texas, Florida are booming.  Imagine if we had a competent president
Jul 22, 2014 5:04AM
These are states that Replub are in charge with low taxes.
Jun 25, 2014 10:11PM
@Thoughtudnvrask:  "Funny.  Texas, No. 2,  has a 79% graduation rate. What happens to the 21% "Stupid kids" that don't? Oh yea, they become public officials, senators, railroad commissioners, and Governors."

The "stupid kids" move to liberal Northern States, collect unemployment, food stamps and welfare and live off taxes paid by taxpayers in the Southern States.
Jul 22, 2014 7:48AM

Best States for BUSINESS are in the South.  The best States for welfare, food stamps, Section 8 Public Housing, the sales of Colt .45 Malt Liquor, heroin, crack, LeBron James sneakers, and free cheese give-aways, and Ripple wine, are in the North. And, that's a fact.  My words to the North.

"If you like your slums, your unions, your illiteracy, your poverty, and high crime rates, then you can keep your slums, your unions, your poverty, your high crime rates, and your democrats".  "Period".

Jun 26, 2014 7:12AM

Well, I thought that our Dear Mayor's redistribution program would bring all neighborhoods up to an equal level.  That's what Barry's Uncle Karl Marx said would happen.

Jul 6, 2014 10:49AM

Lived my entire life in Nebraska.  Have spent time  in other states. I also have siblings and nephews/nieces who have lived in other states and they all say that Nebraska is still the best.

Friendly people, a positive work ethic, decent employment, good schools, decent taxes, lots of countryside.  Sure the winters can be cold, but they don't last forever and they have a beauty all their own (a quiet December morning with frost on the trees and the sun shining brilliantly is not to be missed).  And we have REAL seasons.  When spring comes it REALLY comes.  Summer and especially Fall are beautiful.

Jul 22, 2014 8:16AM
Interesting. All states are red, and run by republicans.
Jul 20, 2014 1:44AM

How about a list of the worst states for businesses!

For example, for over a decade California small business Limited Liability Companies have paid a minimum annual fee of $800. During the same time NY State has lowered a $325 fee to $25 for the smallest companies. Utah has no tax in that circumstance.  Why do the people in California put up with this!

Jun 26, 2014 8:40AM
How about instead of pushing for minimum wage we just pass a law that executives and politicians have a maximum wage. Prices would drop in a hurry. What?
Jul 22, 2014 4:24AM

That's what I tell all the Yankees that move down here,

"Welcome to the Confederacy, the South will rise again"

Jul 19, 2014 6:37PM
OK, so if Texas beats Georgia in every measured category in this survey, how is Georgia rated number one???
Jun 26, 2014 11:40AM

Remember how the Alaska pipeline was to be the answer for our oil needs?   My buddy tried to get me to go there after high school decades ago.  High pay...lot of prostitutes, high rent, high food prices.


Do you know who got rich during the gold rushes?  Prositutes.

Jul 22, 2014 6:10AM
What is the median salary for these states?
Jul 22, 2014 7:25AM

Are you kidding me? Georgia number 1? Top of infrastructure? Atlanta has terrible traffic because it has no roads. It has fewer road miles than any other city its size in the country. It is the largest city in the country with only one airport. There is no way trucks can by-pass the city because it has no outer loop.. A majority of the state's population live in Atlanta. What statistics is the author using?

 The schools public and universities haven't gotten a raise in 6 years and major job cuts. Housing values collapsed in 2008 and have never recovered. Economic opportunity is lacking and the state government is very corrupt. Shame on CNBC for doing such a poor job and shame on this author for not doing his homework.

Jul 22, 2014 6:49AM
NC is NOT business FRIENDLY.They're not TAX FRIENDLY either. Unless you call every body with their hands in your businesses proceeds FRIENDLY. You know, the money your supposed to live on.
Jul 22, 2014 10:31AM
Gee whiz...all of these states has Republican governors! whaddya know? Who's surprised?
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