Nebraska receives more accolades for how friendly it is to businesses.
The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2013 ranks Nebraska second, behind only Utah.
In its 10th year, the Pollina Corporate annual ranking of states purports to evaluate states on how they position themselves to retain and create jobs as well as how they work to sustain a middle class.
Four of the top 10 states border Nebraska.
While Nebraska second; Wyoming ranks 5th, Kansas 6th, South Dakota 8th and Missouri 9th.
Here is the top ten in order: 1st Utah; 2nd Nebraska; 3rd North Dakota; 4th Virginia; 5th Wyoming; 6th Kansas; 7th Indiana; 8th South Dakota; 9th Missouri and 10th Alabama.
The study evaluates states based on 32 factors controlled by state government, including taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.
Rhode Island ranks last among states, replacing California which had ranked last for nine consecutive years.
The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2013 is co-published with the American Economic Development Institute aedi.us.