America's top 6 states for business

Last year's top name, Texas, falls to No. 2 in CNBC's annual ranking of states based on economic competitiveness. But who's the new No. 1?

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Jul 9, 2013 5:33PM
All top 6 not top 5 have Republican governors. More importantly than that though the top 2 states charge 0 corporate tax and 0 personal income tax. Hard for some people to understand no doubt but high taxes does NOT equal success.
Jul 9, 2013 6:17PM
Jul 9, 2013 5:17PM
hmm, all top five states have Republican leadership....
Jul 9, 2013 5:47PM
The results don't surprise me.  Prosperous societies generate wealth, they don't redistribute it.  Pro business conservatism for the win !
Jul 10, 2013 4:53AM
How about a list of states with
 highest taxes
 crime rate...

i bet/ know they all have Democrats in charge.
You can't consistently take more and more  from those who take the risks in starting and running a business and give it to those who are not willing to work for a living and expect them to stick around until they are left with not enough to make it worth them getting out of bed in the morning.

Jul 10, 2013 9:21AM
How about listing the lowest ranked states?  States with democrat govt. like to see their names in print also.
Jul 10, 2013 7:49AM
Unless you live under a rock and watch CNN, ABC, CBS, MSN (It's a wonder they posted this article) These all are Republican States not controled by the Mafia (Unions). The Mafia (Unions) are the ones that put Obama in the white house. To increase their agenda of total employment takeover. They are the biggest canser to this country. They used to serve this country and it's workers. Now they attack any non-union business, and serve not one darn good thing for the country. They drive away jobs and are the number one driver of inflation. Now... (Today) someone show me anything... The unions do for every american that is positive for the country... They only benifit themselves!
Jul 9, 2013 5:48PM

Thanks, Governor Daugaard!  South Dakota is a great place for business and families.

Jul 10, 2013 5:42PM

Liberal politics are the sure way to bankruptcy, you only have to look at California and New York


Jul 11, 2013 6:17AM

HHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm...common theme here...ALL have Republican Governors and if I'm not mistaken are also pretty heavily represented by Republican legislatures.


So much for all those idiot loud-mouths from Califckya trying to tell us how "great" their sewage pit is for businesses! LOL!!!


The red states are the ones recovering (or the ones that suffered least) from this mess created by Bawney Fwanks, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and their feeble attempts at "leadership"! Take note America...and make the necessary changes!

Remember...BEFORE Reid & Pelosi took over the Congress...unemployment was BELOW 6% across the country, and in some places was BELOW 4%! Further...the improvements in the job market we have had so far...did NOT begin until the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives.

Don't take my word for it...look it up! Those are FACTS!

Jul 11, 2013 4:44AM

Proof Obama and the Democrats have no plan for job Growth. Just Unions! and More Food Stamp Voters, It's like Jackson and Sharpton, only come out of their hole in the ground when they can put a racist twist on something. They keep it alive so they'll have a say in their little world. Obama  and the Democrats are the same with food stamps, welfare and cell phones. Buy voters and keep them dependent on government support paid for by the hard working American trying to get ahead.

Unions and Obama need to go.....

Jul 10, 2013 9:21AM

What do all have in common, forget the Republick and Dumbocrat thing, yea that is important. But they don't have the hug single moms windfall welfare payments, and the tons of lack of public service workers union members. Here in the once great state of NY, our teachers, cops make over 100k per year, the single moms make around 80k in benefits if she had to work full time. So if your in those states don't fall for the line more police will make you safer, no it will not. More teachers making phat stack of cash will make your kids smarter, nopt, just visit NY city to see it doesn't. And pay single moms to pop another kid out, all along as her man lays up in the crib waitin on her to bring that booty home so he can lay more pipe, will also make your state broke. Hopw this help the rest of the country, to late for NY, we are dead broke.

Jul 11, 2013 5:21AM

Isn't it pretty interesting, each of these 6 states are run by Republicans.  The Democrats could not run a popsicle stand without adding a huge business tax and scaring away anyone just thinking about it.

Jul 11, 2013 7:04AM

I love living in Texas.  South Dakota is a very beautiful state as well.  In fact, Iv'e been to all the states on the list and enjoyed everyone of them.



Side Note:  I love the replies to the comments by the obama-supporting idiots.  No matter the facts, they just have to try and defend the left wing.

Jul 10, 2013 1:24PM
Hmmm all the top states are ran buy republicans... that's funny another #failure from the left
Jul 11, 2013 7:24AM

All the best states for business ( and attracting JOBS) are REPUBLICAN run states!  This country could benefit with Republican leadership. All Democratically run cities are going bankrupt here, and so is this country. Vote the Dems out!

Jul 10, 2013 10:50AM

Wake up  America...

Politics  can  block  a  punt...

They  take  money... ( and  print  it )

Capitalist  earn  it...

ONLY  they  make  touch downs...

Called  PROFIT....



Jul 11, 2013 5:13AM
My first inclination like many was to point out that the states were run by Republican governors....but I saw the lowest states and guess what? They were run by Republican governors. Maybe those lowest states had democratic controlled houses led by a Republican governor where the top states had both Republican controlled state representatives and governors? I think the bottom line is that states who have the brains to know you can't tax your way into prosperity are the ones who are doing well.
Jul 10, 2013 9:51AM
I live in South Dakota and the winters are not "brutal".  I love the total change of seasons.  But, we still have the lowest paid teachers in the nation--and that has been the case for at least the last 25 years.  I think the rent is high compared to the wages, which are also low.  We don't have a state income tax and a former governor (Bill Janklow) changed some business laws to encourage credit card companies, etc. to come to the state.  The current governor has done nothing.  But I still love it here!
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