R.I. again ranks among worst on CNBC’s ‘Top States for Business’

RHODE ISLAND EARNED THE second-to-worst ranking on CNBC's annual 'America's Top States for Business' list. / COURTESY CNBC
RHODE ISLAND EARNED THE second-to-worst ranking on CNBC's annual 'America's Top States for Business' list. / COURTESY CNBC
(Updated, 1:30 p.m.) NEW YORK – Rhode Island ranked among the worst states for business in the United States again on CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2013 report, earning the No. 49 slot. The second-to-last ranking was a slight improvement from both the 2012 and 2011 CNBC list, in which the Ocean State ranked…
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5 COMMENTS

  1. The fact that you would even use the word “improvement” (Paragraph 2) shows just how blind we have all become regarding the state of the state. 49, 50, whatever is not an improvement. It is horrid and unacceptable.

    RI is currently at the bottom and will stay there until we all, collectively and with the voice of all out rebellion, remove every executive and legislator on Smith Hill and replace them with new faces and voices. People who actually love RI and not just the sound of their own voices in the “chamber”.

  2. Might as well disband the RIEDC. Every large business in the USA will look at this report before relocating to a new state, and any states in the bottom 10 ranking are not even in the game. Get RI into the top half of the list (with tax reform and less red tape) and then re-constitute the RIEDC when they have some prayer to attract major employers. Until then, they are wasting time and money.

  3. Business-lobby rankings such as this one tend to be rigged. High-ranking states such as South Dakota have some of the nation’s worst schools, low wages, poor options for the retired elderly population, and growing environmental problems due to lax regulation. They may seem prosperous now, but that kind of success is not sustainable.

    But the Chambers of Commerce that rig such studies aren’t concerned about the long term; their objective is a quarterly profit now, not in 15 years.