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Louisiana improves in national small business rankings

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council reflected Louisiana’s significant improvement in a national ranking of small business climates.

Louisiana climbed four spots to No. 21 in the SBE Council’s Small Business Policy Index.

The annual ranking of 47 tax, policy and economic indicators shows Louisiana climbing five spots from 2011, when the state ranked No. 26. Since January 2008, Louisiana has improved 10 positions from No. 31.

“These significant gains in a national small business ranking confirm that our efforts to make Louisiana a highly attractive state for small businesses are working,” said Jindal. “We have worked consistently to keep taxes in check and to keep costs down for entrepreneurs so that they can build their businesses successfully and truly live the American dream here in Louisiana. That’s why we have more people working in Louisiana than at any other point in our state’s history, and the best is yet to come.”

The Small Business Policy Index shows Louisiana performing in the Top 10 on several key economic indicators:

• No. 5 for the lowest adjusted unemployment taxes.

• No. 6 for the lowest percentage of personal income paid for state and local property taxes.

• No. 7 for the lowest electric utility costs.

• No. 9 for the lowest state diesel taxes in the U.S.

Partly because the SBE Council adjusts its tax rankings to take into account federal income tax deductibility for those states like Louisiana with that tax deduction, Louisiana ranks just outside the Top 10 for personal income tax rates (No. 14) and corporate income tax rates (No. 14). The index annually measures a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending indicators that impact small businesses and entrepreneurs across a broad range of industries and types of businesses.

The SBE Council Small Business Policy Index mirrors Louisiana’s consistent rise across a whole spectrum of national business climate rankings. In every major business climate ranking, Louisiana stands higher today than it ever did before 2008, including rankings by Area Development, Beacon Hill Institute, Business Facilities, Chief Executive, CNBC, Forbes, Pollina Corporate Real Estate and Site Selection.

In November, the Site Selection 2013 Top U.S. Business Climates report placed Louisiana No. 6, the state’s highest-ever placement in the magazine’s annual ranking. In July, Business Facilities ranked Louisiana No. 4 among the best U.S. business climates in its 2013 Rankings Report – Louisiana’s highest business climate ranking ever – and in October, Area Development placed Louisiana No. 6 in its Top States for Doing Business report.

Since 2008, Louisiana has secured economic development wins that are resulting in more than 83,000 new jobs, more than $54 billion in new capital investment and hundreds of millions of dollars in new sales for the state’s small businesses.

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