|By Jan Norman, The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif.|
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The publication surveyed 650 chief executives about states based on such factors as business taxation and regulation, workforce quality and living environment. CEOs gave the Golden State four out of five stars for living environment, three stars for workforce quality but one star for taxation and regulation.
CEOs' opinions matter because they play roles in determining where a company will locate, expand or add jobs and increasingly, the competition is with other states more than foreign countries.
"It's little wonder that most
The publication cites
At the other end of the spectrum,
Just this week,
CEOs were brutal in their assessment of
--"State politicians feel business and commerce are 'necessary evils' that provide the funds to enable pursuit of their misguided agendas."
Some states are making significant changes that are impacting their ranking on this annual list.
More impressive is
On the other hand,
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