The US magazine Entrepreneur has published a map (see below) grading American states from A to F according to how small-business friendly they are.
The map is based on a survey of over 6,000 small-business owners all over the country.
It is interesting - although hardly surprising - to note that the best states for small businesses are the Republican-majority ones (Texas, Utah, Oklahoma) and the worst are Democrat-majority (California, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts).
The only states that have Ds and Fs are Democrat ones.
This is, for whoever still needs it, the umpteenth confirmation that socialism makes countries and people poor.
It's not surprising that rich Texas, that "maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world", and other over 30 states have submitted a petition to withdraw from the union, to protect their citizens' standards of living and not force them to pay for the squandering socialist states.
And remember, we're talking small businesses here, often sole traders or family-run, managed by people who instead of sitting on their butts waiting for the government to solve all their problems go out, start a business and create jobs for the local community, and not the "demonic, greedy" big (God forbid!) corporations (which in fact create even more jobs).