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Virginia snags No. 1 spot on “most pro-business” states list

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Pollina Corporate has named Virginia “America’s most pro-business state” for the second year in a row.

Virginia has also held the top spot on the list in 2003. Each year, Pollina ranks states based on 31 factors that can be controlled by state governments, including taxes, education, right-to-work laws, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and economic development efforts.

“Pollina has pointed out what we’ve known here in Virginia for a long time — that we are the best state in America for business,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “That’s no small feat in such a tough economy.  Pollina clearly recognized the pro-business atmosphere and first-class educational system we have built here in Virginia.”

Utah was No. 2 on the list, followed by Wyoming, South Carolina and North Carolina. For the seventh year in a row, California ranked last out of all 50 states.


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