It's no secret that Scott Walker's Wisconsin is dead last in the Midwest. But a new report from the American Economic Development Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. ranks Wisconsin as the fourth worst state for business in 2014.
The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States is a respected eleven year old business poll, which expanded its research to include the ten worst states for business this year. The poll examines 32 factors relative to state efforts to be pro-business including taxes, human resources, energy costs, infrastructure spending, worker compensation legislation, jobs lost or gained, incentive programs, and state economic development department evaluations.
The poll findings are designed to reflect state leadership which truly understands the importance of producing the best business environment, and the best opportunities for job growth.
The report released this week explains how to interpret Wisconsin's low ranking, "Those states that did not make it into the Top 25 should seriously evaluate their economic development capabilities. These bottom-ranked states need to have their state political leaders rethink their efforts to attract and maintain jobs for their constituents. Among these bottom-ranked states are some that have such weak or non-existent programs, or are so inept in their procedures that they are pushing jobs out of their states."
The poll, recognized as the most comprehensive, and impartial, examination of states available, comes on the heels of the most recent jobs data showing Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs in August.
"This latest study highlights that Scott Walker doesn't know what it takes to create jobs or attract business in Wisconsin." Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said on Thursday. "Wisconsin families can't wait for Scott Walker to pass Econ. 101, they need a someone like Mary Burke, who has proven success as a job creator in both the public and private sector."