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I need to dig up my latest issue of Forbes and read the article, I have a stack of magazines that I subscribe to that I haven't had time to read yet. Anyway, I caught this little tidbit off of the Boston Business Journal:

The Bay State ranked 36th on Forbes Magazine’s most recent annual “Best States for Business” rankings, well behind the likes of Virginia, Utah and Washington. When it comes to business costs, growth prospects and overall economic climate, Massachusetts ranks among the worst in the country.

All of which drags on its overall rating on the Forbes list. The state ranked 36th on the last year’s list as well.

Well at least we're consistent. 36th last year and 36th this year. The states were ranked on the following categories: Business Costs, Labor, Regulatory Environment, Economic Climate, Growth Prospects, and Quality of Life.

Who was at the top? Virginia, Texas, and North Carolina. I can attest to the fact that during my 18 years in Texas, several large companies relocated their headquarters there I'm assuming because of the business friendly environment. Off the top of my head: JC Penney, Frito Lay, Dr. Pepper, and the list goes on.

Click (here) for the BBJ blurb.

Click (here) to go to the Forbes page.

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