The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 18, 2009
California ranks last with CEOs

California is the worst state in which to do business, according to 543 CEOs surveyed by Chief Executive magazine.

What does this have to do with state workers? Well, the executives were asked to evaluate their states in areas such as resources, regulation and taxes, among other things. The survey is in its fifth year.

This press release includes some historical rankings.

You can click here for the entire list. Each state entry has a little more detail about rankings in specific categories. California, for example, ranked 48 in both the "business friendliness" and "cost of business categories."

We read this and wondered how the survey would have looked if state workers had been surveyed. So what do you think? Does California deserve this bad rap?

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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