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Kansas named fifth most business-friendly state

The study ranks states based on 32 factors controlled by state government. The state has ranked in the top 10 since 2008 and was ranked fifth in 2014.
The study ranks states based on 32 factors controlled by state government. The state has ranked in the top 10 since 2008 and was ranked fifth in 2014. File photo

Kansas has repeated at the fifth most business-friendly state in the nation in a survey by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, an influential site selection firm.

The study ranks states based on 32 factors controlled by state government. The state has ranked in the top 10 since 2008 and was ranked fifth in 2014.

Kansas scored well on: high school and college completion rates, low business inventory and individual income tax rates, its pro-business regulation, unemployment rate and transportation infrastructure. It scored poorly on: average teacher compensation and college funding per student, as well as in most tax categories such as corporate tax, sales and gross receipt tax and property tax. Kansas has room for improvement for its cost of electricity and crime rate.

In terms of the state’s incentives and economic development effort, it scored very well for incentives and fairly well for its marketing and responsiveness to new and existing companies.

Dan Voorhis: 316-268-6577, @danvoorhis

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