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Top State for Business

By Scott Cohn

South Dakota has climbed to the top of America’s Top States for Business for 2013 .

It is the best finish yet for the Mount Rushmore State, which has always been a quiet contender in our annual study, rarely finishing outside the Top 10. But more impressive, South Dakota’s point total this year-1,639 out of a possible 2,500-is the highest logged by any state since we began keeping score in 2007.

… In many ways, the competitive landscape-and our study-shifted in South Dakota’s direction this year. A wave of tax cutting following the 2010 Republican sweep of statehouses across the country has led to a wave of states touting their low costs of doing business. This is more than just politics, and claims about low costs are hardly limited to Republican administrations. After all, the message falls on very receptive ears. Business leaders and groups we consult for our study consistently put cost at the top of their criteria.

Read the Rest @ Top State for Business: And the Winner Is… – Yahoo! Finance.

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