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Wisconsin a top 10 state for business, CEOs say

Wisconsin a top 10 state for business, CEOs say


The nation's top business executives have put Wisconsin in the top 10 states in which to do business.

Chief Executive magazine polled over 500 CEOs in ranking states for the 13th year and released the rankings on Tuesday.

Wisconsin is 10 on the list, making a steady climb from 17 over the past five years.

The top business states are (from 1 to 10) Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Nevada, Tennessee, Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin.

The worst state for business, according to the survey is California at 50, followed by (49 to 41) New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Maryland.

The survey looked at different factors to get the results, including workforce quality, living environment, taxes and regulations and business incentives, and also broke it down by industries, including health care, manufacturing, technology and retail.

Wisconsin ranked 14 in workforce quality, 15 in living environment and 26 in taxes and regulations, but did better in industrial rankings, coming in at 6 in health care, 7 in manufacturing and 8 in retail.

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