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CNBC Declares Texas Top State For Business 2012

Written By : William Teach
July 11, 2012

Is anyone shocked in the least?

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(CNBC) Texas has done it again.

The Lone Star State makes a triumphant return as America’s Top State for Business—its third time at the top of our rankings.

“Listen, there is a reason that Caterpillar moved their hydraulics manufacturing and their engine manufacturing to the state of Texas,” said Gov. Rick Perry in November during the CNBC Republican presidential debate.

We can attest to that.

In our sixth annual study, Texas racked up an impressive 1,604 points out of a possible 2,500, with top-10 finishes in six of our 10 categories of competitiveness. Texas has never finished below second place since we began the study in 2007.

They ranked all the states on multiple measurements, available for viewing at the story, and when it is all added up, you end up with

  1. Texas
  2. Utah
  3. Virginia
  4. North Dakota
  5. North Carolina

…as the top 5. Unsurprisingly, there’s not one true Democrat state in the Top 10. If you can believe it, California isn’t dead last: it’s #40. The state still has a few things going for it, and pending fiscal destruction wasn’t a part of the measurement. Rhode Island, a good Blue state, is #50.

Just goes to show that Conservative/Republican policies help create positive business environments.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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