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Florida Ranks #2 in Best States To Do Business!

May 3, 2012 by  
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Business tax and regulatory reforms bringing businesses to Florida! Let’s reform Alachua County’s stifling business environment to attract private enterprise!

“In Chief Executive’s eighth annual survey of CEO opinion of Best and Worst States in which to do business, Texas easily clinched the No. 1 rank, the eighth successive time it has done so. California earns the dubious honor of being ranked dead last for the eighth consecutive year.

This year, 650 business leaders responded to our annual survey, up from 550 in 2011. CEOs were asked to grade states in which they do business among a variety of areas, including tax and regulation, quality of workforce and living environment. The Lone Star State was given high marks foremost for its business-friendly tax and regulatory environment. But its workforce quality, second only to Utah’s, is also highly regarded.

Florida moved up from number three last year to number two. Last year, Florida Gov. Rick Scott penned a tongue-in-cheek letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, warning him that Florida is coming after the Lone Star State’s top ranking. Since Scott took office, his administration has enacted business tax and regulatory reforms that have contributed to the creation of more than 140,000 private sector jobs and an unemployment drop of 2.1 percentage points last year—one of the biggest decreases in the nation.”

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One Response to “Florida Ranks #2 in Best States To Do Business!”
  1. Bill Boe says:

    The increase in jobs is encouraging…..but what are the jobs? Are they minimum wage jobs supporting the beach-side tourist industry or industrial and manufacturing jobs? We have seen the state sponsored buy-out of U.S. Sugar and how that will cost 1,700 jobs in the Lake Okeechobee farming district and most North Florida counties have stagnant economies. I have witnessed condos being build in Destin… out-of-state workers and gas pipelines being buried in Levy county by union workers from Texas and La.; we do need an improved business climate, but it cannot be restricted to low paying tourist industry support work and construction by workers who do not live in Florida! The Texas, Alaska, and North Dakota economies focus on industrial and manufacturing work, real jobs, real salaries, real benefits; numbers are nice, but what is the quality of the work the numbers represent? Too frequently, it is the city and county codes and restrictions that force industries to locate in Georgia or Texas or somewhere besides Alachua county; it is encouraging the state government has become more business friendly…..but certainly that does not apply to the Gainesville city government or the BOCC. But November is coming!

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