Forbes releases another ranking of the Best States for Business. The good news: South Dakota is #11! The bad news: the People's Republic of Minnesota is 8th.
|state ranks (Forbes, Sep 2013)||ND||NE||MN||SD||IA||WY||MT|
|Quality of Life||19||16||5||27||12||29||37|
South Dakota offers the cheapest business costs in the country, but Forbes says we offer weaker prospects for growth than any of our neighbors.
And check out the regulatory environment ranking. South Dakota touts its "very hospitable regulatory climate" in its business pitches, but by Forbes's reckoning, 27 states are more regulatorily hospitable... including supposedly liberal, oppressive Minnesota.