Keeping Massachusetts Competitive: The Business Climate in Context

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The Business Climate in Context Author(s): Steve Poftak — Publication date: 2010-09-16 Category: Economic Opportunity Abstract: Massachusetts is a state with many economic and competitive strengths, but policymakers, elected officials, and business leaders must not ignore its weaknesses. Massachusetts offers compelling advantages to companies looking to expand businesses or start new ones, but other states are chipping away at the state’s advantages in this area. Of equal concern is the fact that the state’s shortcomings–notably, the cost of doing business and an unfavorable and unpredictable tax environment–create a disadvantage when compared to many of the Commonwealth’s national and international economic competitors.

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