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Red states dominate economic competitiveness rankings

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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Gabe Finger

Thirteen of the top 14 best states for business and economic competitiveness are led by Republican governors, according to the 2013 edition of an annual study by CNBC.

Topping the rankings is South Dakota, which received the best score for any state since the study began in 2007. CNBC credits South Dakota’s incredible score to tax cuts enacted after the 2010 Republican sweep of statehouses put Dennis Daugaard in the governor’s residence in Pierre.

Texas, under Gov. Rick Perry, ranked second for business and economic competitiveness. Perry, who took office in 2000 and is the longest-sitting governor in the history of the Lone Star State, announced this week that he will not seek reelection when his current term ends next year.

The only state with a Democrat as governor to finish in the top 14 is seventh-place Colorado, which also has a Democratically controlled state legislature.

The bottom six features four states with a Democrat as governor, along with Independent-controlled Rhode Island, whose governor Lincoln Chafee endorsed President Barack Obama. Brian Sandoval’s Nevada holds the unfortunate distinction of being the only bottom-six state controlled by a Republican.

But all was not rosy for the GOP, particularly for its potential 2016 presidential candidates. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana and Gov. Chris Christie’s New Jersey have the eighth and ninth most hostile business climates respectively.

The study awarded scores based on a point system:

  • Cost of Doing Business (450 points)
  • Economy (375 points)
  • Infrastructure (350 points)
  • Workforce (300 points)
  • Quality of Life (300 points)
  • Technology & Innovation (300 points)
  • Business Friendliness (200 points)
  • Education (150 points)
  • Cost of Living (50 points)
  • Access to Capital (25 points)
by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:27 PM
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sillygirl83
by Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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Can't say I'm surprised.  All the more reason to turn the whole map red baby.  I would at least love to see all of those states with republican governors go red in the next presidential election.

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM
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Doesnt make up for all the other shitty things red states are known for...
SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM


rolling on floor

Quoting -Celestial-:

Doesnt make up for all the other shitty things red states are known for...



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

"...why our currency has ____________"

What was the end of your sentence?


Quoting goldielock37:



GREAT READ! If the American people truly understood how the Federal Reserve system works and what it has done to us, they would be screaming for it to be abolished immediately. It is a system that was designed by international bankers for the benefit of international bankers, and it is systematically impoverishing the American people. The Federal Reserve system is the primary reason why our currency has.

http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/11-reasons-why-the-federal-reserve-should-be-abolished/



susan115
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM
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What other things are you talking about? I know, making people accountable for their actions.

Quoting -Celestial-:

Doesnt make up for all the other shitty things red states are known for...



blues_pagan
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM
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Yet they are still the poorest states in the nation...
blues_pagan
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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Please don't. My blue state is doing just fine. Much better than most red states.

Quoting sillygirl83:

Can't say I'm surprised.  All the more reason to turn the whole map red baby.  I would at least love to see all of those states with republican governors go red in the next presidential election.

lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Where did you get that information?


Quoting blues_pagan:

Yet they are still the poorest states in the nation...



blues_pagan
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM
I am mobile so can't c and p but you can easily google it. According to the us census bureau Mississippi is the poorest stat in the nation from the 2011 census.

Quoting lylalane7275:

Where did you get that information?



Quoting blues_pagan:

Yet they are still the poorest states in the nation...




grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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 Oh, please enlighten us....What might those shitty things be?  Why don't you actually contribute some facts to a post, for a change, instead of snide, dumb personal cracks.

Quoting -Celestial-:

Doesnt make up for all the other shitty things red states are known for...

 

grandma B

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