ICYMI: Leading Business Survey Ranks Scott Walker's Wisconsin 4th Worst State For Business in 2014

Sep 24, 2014

The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States is a respected eleven year old business poll, which expanded its research to include the ten worst states for business this year. The poll examines 32 factors relative to state efforts to be pro-business including taxes, human resources, energy costs, infrastructure spending, worker compensation legislation, jobs lost or gained, incentive programs, and state economic development department evaluations.

The poll findings are designed to reflect state leadership which truly understands the importance of producing the best business environment, and the best opportunities for job growth. 

The report released this week explains how to interpret Wisconsin’s low ranking, “Those states that did not make it into the Top 25 should seriously evaluate their economic development capabilities. These bottom-ranked  states  need  to  have  their  state  political  leaders  rethink  their  efforts  to  attract  and  maintain  jobs  for  their constituents.  Among these bottom-ranked states are some that have such weak or non-existent programs, or are so inept in their procedures that they are pushing jobs out of their states.”
The poll, recognized as the most comprehensive, and impartial, examination of states available, comes on the heels of the most recent jobs data showing Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs in August. 

“This latest study highlights that Scott Walker doesn’t know what it takes to create jobs or attract business in Wisconsin.” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said on Thursday. “Wisconsin families can’t wait for Scott Walker to pass Econ. 101, they need a someone like Mary Burke, who has proven success as a job creator in both the public and private sector.”