Wisconsin Rises 3 Notches to 14th Best State for Business in Chief Executive’s “Best & Worst States for Business 2014” Survey

America’s Dairyland state continues to climb in tax friendliness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEGREENWICH, CT, May 12, 2014 – Wisconsin got positive marks from its business CEOs, who rated the state the 14th best out of 50 in which to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine’s annual Best & Worst States for Business survey. Wisconsin rose three positions from its rank of 17th in 2013.

TheBest & Worst States Survey gauges the sentiment of CEOs on a variety of measures that they themselves have viewed as critical. These include the tax and regulatory regime, the quality of the workforce, and the quality of the living environment. Five hundred CEOs participated in the 2014 survey. The rankings are crucial, as CEO sentiment drives investments in offices, factories and other facilities that bring jobs to a region.

“Gov. Scott Walker has turned around Wisconsin's tax and business climate,” one CEO said. “A significant improvement over previous administrations.” “Pensions are fully funded,” another said, and the state is running a surplus and cutting taxes.

“Since taking office in 2011, my number one goal has been to help the private sector create jobs by establishing a favorable climate for economic growth,” Gov. Walker told Chief Executive magazine last February. Chief Executive’s ranking he said, reflects the improved business climate in Wisconsin resulting from “our aggressive strategy to grow the economy, develop our workforce, transform education, reform government, and invest in our infrastructure.”

“Wisconsin is learning how to reinvent itself and CEOs have voiced that they are pleased with the results,” said Marshall Cooper, CEO of Chief Executive magazine and “I think we can expect continued success from Wisconsin in the future.”

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