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Published July 17, 2013, 09:54 PM

Study: ND among most business-friendly states

BISMARCK – North Dakota is ranked as the third most pro-business state in the U.S. Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States report, according to a statement from Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s office.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

BISMARCK – North Dakota is ranked as the third most pro-business state in the U.S. Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States report, according to a statement from Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s office.

That’s up from fourth in 2012.

“Our focus on job creation is supported by a dedicated and skilled workforce, a responsive state government and a fair and balanced tax structure,” Dalrymple said in the release. “This report is more evidence that our hard work is getting results.”

The study was released Tuesday. The top 10 states were:

1. Utah

2. Nebraska

3. North Dakota

4. Virginia

5. Wyoming

6. Kansas

7. Indiana

8. South Dakota

9. Missouri

10. Alabama

The annual Pollina report examines 32 factors relative to state efforts to develop pro-business strategies, according to the release. Factors include taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, and investments in public infrastructure.

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