Published Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at: 7:00 AM EDT
Never mind the weather. It's the business climate in the state where you live and work that can have the most impact on your company's fortunes.
The Tax Foundation, a taxpayer advocacy group, recently issued its 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index (SBTCI). This annual study enables legislators, businesses, and individuals to compare their state tax systems to those in other states. Policymakers may use the SBTCI to pinpoint changes for improving the relative standing of their home states.
The SBTCI ranks states based on five taxes: corporate, individual income, sales, unemployment insurance, and property. Scores are based on the relative importance or impact of the tax to the business community.
According to the SBTCI, here are the top 10 states for business activity.