We’re number 17!

The latest sign of the state’s slow improvement in business climate comes from CNBC.com’s America’s Top States for Business, which improved Wisconsin from 25th a year ago to 17th. As I wrote here a year ago, this comparison “measures the states by their own standard: the selling points they use to attract business. We separate those […]

We’re number 20!

One year ago, Chief Executive magazine surveyed the state’s business climate, and jumped its ranking of the state from 41st best to 24th best among the states. That 17-place jump was best of any state in the country — and was a bigger jump than any state in Chief Executive’s 2012 comparison — which prompted […]

We’re number 40!

The latest sign that the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker haven’t done enough for the state’s business climate comes from the Kauffman Foundation and its annual index of entrepreneurial activity. Wisconsin ranked 40th among the states in entrepreneurial activity in 2011, with 28 percent less entrepreneurial activity per 100,000 adult residents than the U.S. as […]

35 or number four

The Tax Foundation has a new study on one of this blog’s favorite subjects, state business climate. Location Matters: A Comparative Analysis of State Tax Costs on Business compares the states’ business tax structure as they affect two types of companies — “mature firms,” companies 10 years or older, and “new firms,” younger than three […]

We’re number 43!

The latest evidence that Gov. Scott Walker and the state Legislature haven’t done enough to improve the state’s business climate comes from the Tax Foundation’s 2012 State Business Tax Climate Index. In 2011, after eight years of Democratic Gov. James Doyle and two years of a Democratic-controlled Legislature, Wisconsin ranked 41st among the 50 states. […]

We’re number 40!

Forbes magazine released its annual listing of the Best States for Business and Careers. Wisconsin ranked 40th. That is an improvement from last year’s ranking, 43rd. In the Midwest, Wisconsin trailed Iowa (1oth), Minnesota (15th), Missouri (31st), Indiana (34th) and Ohio (38th), and led Illinois (41st) and Michigan (47th). Utah ranked first and Maine ranked […]

We’re number 38!

The latest example that the state has a long way to go to a competitive business climate (a favorite subject on this blog, as you know) came last week. Development Counsellors International rated Wisconsin 38th in “A View from Corporate America: Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing,” a triennial survey of corporate site selection executives, the […]