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Missouri is 7th most business-friendly statePosted Friday, June 24, 2011, at 4:42 PM
Our state ranked among the top 10 most business-friendly states based on its taxes and regulation in a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey.
The study Missouri at No. 7.
The Show Me State scored points for its reforms in its workers' compensation system and tort reform laws.
Both are topics I've written about recently:
The elimination of Missouri's franchise tax, which passed in the most recent legislative session, also bolstered Missouri's position on the list. Doing away with this tax will save businesses in the state more than $80 million next year. Here's a recent story with more details about that: http://www.semissourian.com/story/172849...
The Chamber of Commerce survey ranked states in six key areas: growth, entrepreneurship and innovation, exports, taxes and regulation, workforce and training, and infrastructure.
Missouri was in the top 20 in all six categories.
Here's a link to the full survey: http://www.uschamber.com/reports/enterpr...
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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian