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Hawaii makes another list of worst states for business

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 7:36 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2013

The Aloha State has made yet another list of worst states for business, this one by the American Economic Development Institute (AEDI) and Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc.

Hawaii ranks at No. 41, followed by Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Wisconsin, Illinois, Rhode Island and at No. 50, California.

The best states in which to do business, the organizations say, are, No. 1 Utah, followed by Virginia, Wyoming, No. Dakota, Indiana, Nebraska, So. Dakota, and Kansas, though the blog post outlining the best states listed both Oklahoma and Missouri at No. 9, with no indication from author Brent Pollina that they were tied.

The annual analysis examined 32 factors over which states have control, relative to becoming pro-business.

Nine of the 10 bottom states are running high budget deficits, AEDI and Pollina said, citing data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which reported that Hawaii’s fiscal 2013 budget deficit is at $500 million.

Pollina’s blog posts discussing the analysis differentiates between the political parties to which states’ governors belong.

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