Column: Parsing state’s business rank




The same day Gov. Mike Pence held his tax circus (conference), CNBC (the cable business channel) released its ranking of “America’s Top States for Business.”

These rankings compare the states on 56 measures of competitiveness grouped into 10 broad categories. CNBC had “input from business groups, economic development experts, companies and the states themselves.” The categories were weighted by “how frequently they are cited in state economic development marketing materials. That way, (the) study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.”

Indiana ranked 19th among the 50 states in attractiveness to business. That’s pretty good. Georgia led the pack, and Rhode Island was last. Ohio and Wisconsin ranked higher than we did, but Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky trailed us.

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