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Old 04-02-2010, 06:21 AM
 
Location: 602/520
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Would you say that your city and/or state goes out of its way to attract businesses that provide people with decent paying jobs? Do your politicians try to provide industries with special tax breaks or deals, or do they just sit on their hands when any new business presents itself?
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:31 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Locally it is pro-business. State level though it is anti-business for the most part. Hopefully that will change in the near future.
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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Illinois and definitely Chicago is pro-Business. Read this article: City Of Chicago To Modernize Outdated Graft Program

You just need to know who to pay. In exchange, you have a beautiful city (at least in the business/tourist districts).
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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Guess I'd have to say pro- for here in MN. In February, the mayor of Duluth jumped into the frozen waters of Lake Superior in his city's bid to attract a new Google facility.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:38 AM
 
Location: St. Paul, MN
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Statistically, Minnesota is regarded as an "exit state" meaning more companies leave than come here. Not quite as bad as California or Michigan, but it's chasing it. Jumping in Superior is ballsy, but investors looking into investing in a new business look at tax rates, regulation levels and then some less quantifiable elements like collaboration and corporate culture. The new Minnesota Angel tax credit should help some, though.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Tyler is pro business like Texas in general.
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:47 PM
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Suspect overall income tax burden for businesses and individuals reveals much

But low taxes and costs aren't sufficient to attract many of the most lucrative industries like tech or finance or energy, which have lots of highest-income jobs and wealthy entrepreneurs

Many cos. need to be based in locales where educated professionals (incl many w/families and some younger yuppies) enjoy living...so need high QOL in terms of short drives to office, competent public/private schools, healthy food/fresh produce, reasonable air quality/weather/topography, etc

Suspect suburban Dallas and Houston are most business-friendly regions in US today

But though CA is anti-business and has abusive taxes (only NYC is more anti-business and has worse taxes), SiliconValley has more $100Bn+ mkt cap corporate HQs than any region in world (NYC/CT/NJ region is a distant second, though has >3X population of SV)

And many of newest tech start-ups like facebook keep forming in high-tax, high-cost SV region, creating more new high-income jobs...and wealth for founders and VCs when cos. are sold to BigTech or IPO
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Florida is pro business
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
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This is pretty easy to figure out.

Red states=pro business
Blue states=anti-business

Because of their populations and maybe locations, blue states are still home to the majority of business; however this is beginning to change.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: The City
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Seems to me TX, NC, and VA seem be doing a pretty good job

PA not so much
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