Column: State not always helpful to small businesses

Complaints about high taxes might simply mean that local government isn’t delivering sufficient quality for the cost of government.

The Kauffman Foundation recently released a study measuring the friendliness of each state to small businesses. While the study suffered most of the extreme weaknesses of survey research — especially small samples and the bias of opinion over action — overall there were some interesting and illuminative points.

First, the study reinforced the point that most economists make about taxes and local prosperity.

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