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It's not new, but it bears repeating. Especially now that so many conservative governors and legislators have their sites on "business friendly" policies.

It bears repeating that for average citizens, there's absolutely no benefit to living in a state rated among the most business friendly. Not lower unemployment rates. Not lower poverty rates. Not higher pay scales. Not higher life expectancy.

Nothing.  To illustrate the point, let's compare the 5 most business friendly states to the 5 worst states for business.

Here are the top 5 states for business:

North Carolina

Here are the worst 5 states for business, from best to worst:

New Jersey
New York

Here's the average unemployment for the best 5 states for business: 9.5%

Here's the average unemployment for the worst 5 states for business: 9.6%

Got that? 9.5 vs. 9.6. The difference is .1%. That's the employment advantage you get for slashing schools, shredding health departments, defunding pollution controls, and so on and so on. And about the cost?

Household Income
Here's the average household income for the best 5 states for business:  $49,265

Here's the avearage household income for the worst 5 states for business: $58,253

Life Expectancy
Here's the average life expectancy in the best 5 states for business: 76.8

Here's the average life expectancy in the worst 5 states for business: 79.2

Poverty rates
Best 5 states for biz: 20.6%
Worst 5 states for biz: 17.8%

I'm sure we can go on and on.

But the trend takes on a solid and not-surprising shape.

It doesn't do any good for people to inhabit a state ranked among the best states for business. In fact, it's much worse.

Throughout the Great Lakes States, newly elected Republican governors and legislators are racing to make their states "business friendly" which we all know is just another term for "Person Hostile"

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  •  bla (0+ / 0-)

    Why does everything have to be an adolescent dichotomy? Pro-gun, anti-communist, or pro-family, anti-god, it's beginning to sound the same.

    Pro-business means anti-person? What does it even mean?

    •  Why are you defending business, here? (3+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, dreamghost, princesspat

      What do you gain from doing so?

      "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

      by trashablanca on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 12:05:14 AM PDT

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      •  I am sorry (0+ / 0-)

        I don't understand the question.

        I am not defending anything. I've taken no position at this point. I just don't like this childish back-and-forth couched in terms of "pro" and "anti". It's the same thing with your response.

        •  I live in Michigan (14+ / 0-)

          The label "business friendly" will be made at the cost of lack of money for our schools.  

          That seems hostile enough to me.

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          by cfk on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 12:25:40 AM PDT

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          •  I don't know what that means (0+ / 0-)

            Could you elaborate?

            •  three places to read about it (18+ / 0-)


              Michigan: While newly-elected Gov. Rick Snyder has said he won’t “pick fights” with unions, his budget plan echoes the misguided priorities of other GOP governors. As Matt Yglesias has noted, Snyder has an innovative definition of “shared sacrifice.” His plan calls for “$1.2 billion in cuts to schools, universities, local governments and other areas while asking public employees for $180 million in concessions.” In addition, it would raise taxes on individuals by ending many deductions and taxing pensions — all in order to pay for $1.8 billion in tax cuts for businesses. Since the state’s entire budget shortfall this year is only about $1.7 billion, all or most of the cuts to services and programs important to the poor and middle class (many of whom will also see their taxes increases) could be avoided if the governor was willing to forego corporate tax breaks.

              REPORT: In 12 States, GOP Plans To Slash Corporate Taxes While Increasing Burden on Working Families


              MICHIGAN: Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) budget would make Michigan’s already regressive tax system even more unfair for the state’s poorest residents. The plan cuts taxes on business by more than 86 percent while slashing $1.2 billion in funding for “schools, universities, local governments and other areas.” Snyder also wants to raise personal taxes by 30 percent — an increase that will fall disproportionately on Michigan’s lowest income residents.

              Gov. Rick Snyder Betrays Seniors for Corporations


              When you lose senior citizens and you claim to be a conservative, you might want to rethink your policies. 1500 senior citizens gathered in Lansing, Michigan to protest Governor Rick Snyder's plan to tax their pensions as ordinary income.

                  “I’ve never been political, but this is a power grab,” said Jennifer Cherrette, 55, a Lansing-area retired state employee who said her pension is less than $20,000 a year. “And it’s not about the budget. It’s about our governor taking our money and giving it to big business. And now he wants those emergency managers. It’s wrong, and it’s not about the budget.”

              ...The pension provision is part of the larger effort on the part of Michigan Republicans and Governor Snyder to cut corporate income taxes by 81% by increasing taxes on the poor, elderly and middle class by 36%.

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              by cfk on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 12:56:31 AM PDT

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              •  Well done. (2+ / 0-)
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                I think if I were to boil it down to current issues, it would look like this:

                Pro business policy: Give tax breaks to the folks who need it the least, claiming it will create jobs. (Never mind the fact that there is NO evidence that this works). Undercut and kill laws that pertain to worker's rights, workplace safety, and the environment. Do not raise the minimum wage.

                Note that there's NO evidence that ANY of these policies help to create jobs or improve the economy! In fact, it looks like the opposite is true.

                Pro people policy: Do not do the above things. This would be considered "anti-business" policy by these jerks who are trying to move the Overton Window to the right. I don't know of any politicians except those in CA and VT who have any pro people policies in the works. Basically there is a lot of pro business crap being done, but not much for pro people.

                In VT, the Dem controlled legislature is working to create a single payer health system, partly to help small businesses compete. The hacks who oppose this have actually claimed that this would "kill jobs". Sound familiar?

                I should put something smart or witty here, but can't think of anything.

                by onionjim on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:42:34 AM PDT

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            •  Republican politicians have made a lot of (3+ / 0-)
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              Michigan's frequent occupation of the bottom of the list for whatever "most business friendly states" lists are out there.   Michigan usually is at the bottom along with California and New York...two of the largest state economies in America and states that enjoy a pretty good quality of life.

              There's often talk of making Michigan a "business friendly" state, which means: slashing funding for schools, raising taxes on pensions, cutting revenue sharing for cities, slashing unemployment benefits for the newly unemployed, gutting workplace safety laws...

              ...all to lower taxes for business and deregulate for them.

              And the end result for states that have done all these things? Not much.

              Iowa is a fine example of a modreately business friendly state that is an excellent place for people to live. As in Minnesota.

    •  It's not. (1+ / 0-)
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      A country - if we're talking in binaries and ignoring shades - can be business-friendly or business-hostile. But it can also be person-friendly or hostile.

      Case in point: Denmark. Rated one of the most competitive nations in the world, it has a share of taxes in GDP of 55% and one of the most advanced welfare systems in the world.

      Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

      by Dauphin on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 03:18:17 AM PDT

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    •  adolescent? (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

      But don't forget that most men without property would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor. (1776)

      by banjolele on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 04:26:07 AM PDT

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    •  It's a good question. I don't think (3+ / 0-)
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      leu2500, second gen, Dauphin

      pro business DOES need to mean anti-person. we are.

  •  Thanks for connecting the dots... (17+ / 0-)

    I live in Florida. We're also the victims of a "business-friendly environment."

    They want it all. That's it in a nutshell. If the corporations and their puppet politicians would settle somewhere in the middle both businesses and the people could coexist and each prosper in their own right.

    But, no; they need it all. The whole pie. There's nothing left for the people to do but fight for simple existence, and that's what makes it a class war.

    For 30-odd years, conservatives screamed bloody murder every time somebody from the left called it that but that is exactly what it was... and still is.

    The history of the CIA's involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obfuscation and deception -- Carl Bernstein

    by markthshark on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 12:44:54 AM PDT

    •  Our new Thief in Chief (8+ / 0-)

      here in Florida wants to eliminate income tax on business completely.  They only call it a class war when we fight back ;)  

      ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

      by Kristina40 on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 05:43:54 AM PDT

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      •  Tipped for the last line (1+ / 0-)
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        which I will now steal and use as my sig, if you don't mind. :)

        "Repubs rob the treasury then tell the rest of us to put the money back in the vault so they can rob us again." ~overheard on the internet

        by second gen on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:27:05 AM PDT

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      •  Scott is a horrible man and as a governor... (0+ / 0-)

        he's nothing but a leech; a parasite, sucking the very life from everything (and everybody) in his proximity.

        And what he's doing to education in this state is a crime... or should be. It'll take a decade (after he's gone) to straighten out this morass he's dragging us into.

        I reiterate, Scott is a horrible man.

        The history of the CIA's involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obfuscation and deception -- Carl Bernstein

        by markthshark on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:40:19 AM PDT

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  •  Good one (4+ / 0-)

    I can't figure it out! Either the education level has sunk so low in the States as to permit people being hoodwinked election afetr election, or it will just take time to get the message out.

    When the GOP won big in the midterms, I couldn't believe how quickly American voters had forgotten just where the problem came from.

    I don't mean this in a disrespectful manner but it seems that the Republican party is just very simply the party of the stupid (or gullible). How can anyone, with half a brain believe Fox News, or look at John Boehner and imagine that he's sticking up for the little guy?

    It is beyond me, and if it's just about "the stupid", then thank God there are people putting out factual and easy to undestand info like that found in your article.

    From now on I will consider that anyone that votes Republican, suffers from the "HeeHaw Syndrome"

    God please flood rich people next that way we'll do something about the environment !

    by patrianostra on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 01:20:51 AM PDT

  •  Well clearly then when they say some are business (1+ / 0-)
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    friendly and others are not they got it wrong, the opposite.  If California and New York were so much worse for business then they wouldn't be so much better for people.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 01:57:20 AM PDT

  •  Where do these numbers come from (1+ / 0-)
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    Muskegon Critic

    and what are they based upon? Unionization rates? Business taxes? Regulation?

    I'm pretty sure, for example, that Michigan is squarely in the middle re: tax rates on business.

    It looks like something the C of C would come up with, ranking states by how easy it is to screw workers rather than factors a real business might consider, like transportation, infrastructure, proximity to suppliers, quality of life for employees, educated workforce, etc.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 05:38:16 AM PDT

  •  School slashing (1+ / 0-)
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    The school slashing has only just been proposed so most of the slashes have yet to take effect. It will be interesting to do a comparison after the slashes have taken effect.

    That's the employment advantage you get for slashing schools,

    There's no doubt NY is a business unfriendly state and businesses keep leaving, along with their tax revenue. The current gov says he will be doing something about this. We'll see.

    "I've taken up sculpting recently. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:39:30 AM PDT

  •  How about underemployment rates? (0+ / 0-)

    What could BPossibly go wrong?? -RLMiller

    by nosleep4u on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 08:31:42 AM PDT

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