California's Business Climate Suffers Another Scathing Report

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Sept. 18, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Coalition for Jobs released an economic study today comparing California's business climate with 15 other states with which we compete. The study gave California a failing grade and ranked the state as the 15th worst.

The study was conducted by The SAER Group, an economic research firm, in consultation with the Sacramento Regional Research Institute, a joint venture between the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO) and California State University, Sacramento.

The SAER Group report looked at a variety of economic development factors and analyzed the business competitiveness of California and its major competitors. The group used data from 2000 to compare factors across the states. The data analysis was conducted in order to build a business scorecard to readily identify where California is superior or inferior to other states. Factors that went into the evaluation included demographic characteristics, workforce measurements, business costs, and personal quality of life issues. New York ranked last among the states and, along with California, was given an F. Colorado and Utah ranked the highest and were given an A.
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