The best and worst states for business: TX stays atop, IN holds steady, CA falls again

by Ryan Streeter on May 7, 2013. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

This year’s Chief Executive state rankings came out yesterday. The authors claim that states have grown more competitive this year. Tax and regulatory decisions by policymakers continue to matter a lot:

In the minds of most leaders, a state’s friendliness is closely aligned with its tax and regulatory regime. Similarly, workforce quality also measures the perceived cooperativeness of workers with management, as well as the people’s general work ethic and education attainment. The living environment metric measures the perceived quality of education and public health facilities, as well as the affordability and quality of real estate, the transportation system and related environmental factors.

Here are this year’s top 15:

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