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Survey ranks the best—and worst—states for business

BY Marianne Wilson

The Lone Star State is business-friendly — and then some.

For the 14th year running, Texas has claimed the top spot in Chief Executive’s 2018 “Best and Worst States for Business.” Rounding out the top five are Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana.

At the other end of the spectrum is California, which has the dubious honor of being the worst state for business, coming in dead last in the ranking. Also at the bottom is New York (No. 49), Illinois (No. 48), New Jersey (No. 47), Connecticut (No. 46) and Massachusetts (No. 45).

The rankings reflect CEO perceptions of best and worst states based on a range of measures, including workforce, taxes and regulation, and living environment. For the complete ranking, click here.

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