Is Massachusetts Bad for Business?

Results from a recent executive survey ranked Massachusetts 47th for business.


A CEO magazine ranks Massachusetts as one of the worst states in the nation for business.

Chief Executive Magazine ranked Massachusetts 47th based on a survey of corporate leaders. Survey respondents reported the Bay State is one of the worst for taxation and regulation.

The state Republican Party is pointing to the survey and saying that Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democratic-led Legislature are bad for the economy and business.

What do you think about Massachusetts’ business climate? Is this a good state in which to do business?

Rob Carey May 11, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Not exactly a breaking news story here. Anyone with the tiniest but of business knowledge at all has known this for years. How much vacant office real-estate do we currently have spread around the state?
Carrie May 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I'm surprised we're not the 50th state instead of the 47th. I voted for Patrick when he ran the first time promising us a 25% cut in property taxes. Instead mine went up 25%. The guy only cares about 'some' residents here. I will not vote for another democrat for governor.
JT May 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM
"Chief Executive" & "Forbes" Magazines are right. High taxes and over-regulation here are the reason many businesses have moved out of state (one such example: Fidelity moving from Marlboro, MA to NH & RI). High taxes are also the reason many people are continuing to move out of this state--and irresponsible spending of those tax dollars is another. Look at the waste and fraud that was uncovered in the DTA as an example. Until there is more balance on Beacon Hill and the legislators realize that raising taxes just takes money out of folks' pockets that they could have used to feed into the economy--buying more goods & services, and/or hiring more employees--nothing will change for the better. It's only sensible that one would NOT stay in a state that makes it difficult to start/run a business or that takes more of one's hard-earned dollars only to waste them, when one could move to a state that makes it easy to start/run a business and takes less in taxes from one's earned paycheck--and if the state with less/lower taxes and less burdensome regulations knows how to spend its taxpayers' money wisely, thereby creating an atmosphere where businesses flourish and more people can be employed, so much the better.
The Sig May 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Forbes magazine is right. Governor Patrick is just another puppet...Massachusetts citizens do not help themselves they continue to re elect the people that have created the mess we are in..Look at your cable bill $200. to $300 dollars to watch television...Why? The answer Ed Markey but we are ready to send him back to Washington..Comcast is as bad as Exxon Mobil...Forget your party and lets make change ..
Chris Noonan Funnell May 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Great talk was given on this topic last night at Greater Boston Tea Party/Medford. See my blog post "New Jobs for Massachusetts" on the Medford Patch


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